Fitness and Nutrition on social media

Image via @lumedecor

Image via @lumedecor

Fitness Inspiration has learnt its own hashtag – #fitspo and Nutrition comes in a million different packages. 

I wanted to share this really quickly because social media and the trending #fitspo hashtag feed the illusion that the answers to what you should eat to feel and be well are ‘out there’.  Let me remind you, they’re not.

My Nutrition Philosophy

Eat anything you want.
Eat as much as you want, as long as you make it yourself.

I love good food and am grateful to have grown up picking produce from our yard and making things by hand.
Food and cooking is about fostering connections, not only with each other but with our heritage, animals, plants and the earth.
I learned more about nutrition and the incredible symbiotic relationship between food and nature from my own passion, self led study and the work of Michael Pollan than I did studying Nutrition & Food Science at University.

If you want to truly understand something, immerse yourself in it wholly.

Don’t buy into the idea that people with mainstream tertiary education or some vague certification know best.
They’re taught what industries want them to be taught.

Follow your curiosity.
Learn from nature.
Put your hands in the dirt.
Nobody cares if you’re vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, a carnivore, paleo or if you hate gluten.
Get back into your kitchen and make real food.
Eat well. Be well.

Fitness on social media

Social media is MEDIA.
Which means it has motive to put in front of you what it wants you to see. The result the media has in mind when putting together your newsfeed has nothing to do with your greater good. Take Facebook’s constant algorithm changes and Instagram’s announcement for changes to it’s newsfeed for example.

Brands who are prepared to spend money to get their product in front of you pay their way into your newsfeed. Or they round up a few ‘influencers’ to sip from coconuts and convince you that you’d be thinner, have a clearer complexion and probably have the confidence to ditch your shitty boyfriend if you chugged the same magic potions they do.

There is nothing organic about it. No pun intended.

This article on the rise of #fitspo – that’s fitspiration or ‘fitness inspiration’ – bloggers and ‘social media influencers’ is a brilliant read.
[Tweet “Not everybody is who they post to be.”]

Especially when they’re swinging from hammocks, MacBooks perched on their laps and a trusty bottle of Bali Body nestled into the sand.

I wrote about the effects of social media and body shaming after my own run in with a disgruntled woman online. I also surveyed over 60 women on how social media influences their food choices and body confidence.

[Tweet “You make the rules with what you nourish your body with.”]

Does your social media newsfeed have you feeling more outcast than inspired?
I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts on social media in the realm of wellness.

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  • Reply ontherytepaige July 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I love everything about this!

    • Reply Cynthia July 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Thank you honey, I’m glad you love it.x

  • Reply Michele Eastin July 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    AH yes make your own rules. Also – no one does anything 100%. I’m organic, hippie, ultra watch what we eat girl, and yet – I have an 80/20 rule in my house…..so that I can break my rules and give myself grace!

    • Reply Cynthia July 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Yes – easing up on ourselves is the fastest track to being happy.x

  • Reply Travel Pockets (Crystal) July 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I am obsessed with food! Had no idea what fitspo meant until now 😉

    • Reply Cynthia July 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Me too! Food is the BEST 😉 x

  • Reply Debra Bros July 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Some very valid points. I think we tend to forget that social media is such a tiny portion of someones life and it’s almost always structured to look a certain way making it seperate from actual daily life. Great post.

    • Reply Cynthia July 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Yes totally, not to mention the amount of staging and filtering people apply to their posts. Keep it real – always.x

  • Reply Amanda Lao April 26, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more! There is nothing better for you than REAL food!

  • Reply Taylor Stinson March 30, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I love your food philosophy – you totally make your own rules when it comes to your body. You know it best after all!

    • Reply Cynthia March 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Yes, absolutely! You are the master of your temple! Big love.xx

  • Reply Christine | Vermilion Roots March 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I love that quote about making your own food. I think the journey to eating well starts with knowing what’s in your food.

    • Reply Cynthia March 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Absolutely. Food is nourishing on so many levels, would love to see more people waking up to the truth of the food industry and taking their power back.x

  • Reply Jassamine Elaine March 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for writing this. I feel like I’ve grown so cynical over the carefully curated fitspo shots on Insta…but it’s still easy to fall into a trap of expectations vs. reality!

    • Reply Cynthia March 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Ah, me too. I get ‘over’ social media but then after a good clean out of accounts/pages that I don’t really vibe with I’m back to enjoying it. Glad you enjoyed it.xx

  • Reply Liz C March 29, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I had been seeing the fitsbo hashtag and had no clue what it meant. You are so spot on with this! I started eating clean and fix everything at home and have never felt better. I didn’t learn anything from my Pinterest boards or social media that ended up being helpful. I love that you open the conversation for us to be honest about fitness and health!

    • Reply Cynthia March 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Liz! I’m happy to help and I’m glad you’re looking after you and feeling better. Keep it up.x

  • Reply Alice Shiya March 18, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Yikes I’m behind on the social media lingo…I had no idea fitspo = fitspiration until now! Agree that social media is so curated, only take it with a grain of salt . It’s a great place for inspiration but not to be confused with reality!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Reply Cynthia March 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Ha ha! Totally agree with you.x

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