I was on Instagram yesterday and I came across a "before and after" photo. It was accompanied by a long caption. No, I have nothing against long captions. I am the queen of writing a novel along with my photos. What bothered me was a sentence I read,
"...if you're drinking alcohol and eating candy then you aren't healthy. Period."
The statement already ticked me off, but ending it with the definitive ending of "period" really sent me into a tizzy.
Weight loss transformation photos are amazing and I find them incredibly inspiring. I love that people are putting themselves first and accomplishing these amazing goals. When they are posted to social media it shows others that it is possible. In my opinion, seeing real women losing weight or building curves with weights is so much reassuring than a celebrity on a magazine.
I have absolutely nothing against the photo I came across. I just don't approve of the message behind it. Young women can be so impressionable, especially when it comes to changing their bodies. If they come across an admirable weight loss transformation and read the above caption, they'll eat it up. Then comes the restrictions and the guilt. Two things I seriously frown upon.
Honestly, who can really define health? I believe that health comes in so many forms, whether it's mental, physical, spiritual, or in the bonds we share with others. Everyone lives their own lifestyle and has been through their own experiences. We are all so different. It's a beautiful thing.
From my own personal experiences with being slightly overweight to developing an eating disorder, I've developed my own thoughts on health.
In my opinion, health is balance.
Balancing mostly nutrient-dense foods with indulgences that make your heart happy.
Balancing intense workouts that make you sweat with rest days that allow recovery.
Balancing restful nights with nights where you stay up late watching movies.
Health is loving yourself and quitting the nasty thoughts when you look in the mirror.
Health is entering and maintaining relationships that nurture and support you.
Health is taking time for yourself to reflect and grow.
Health is not viewing food as "good" or "bad."
Here's to lollipops and Lemon Drop martinis
apples and protein shakes.