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Clean up your feed

It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

This post is inspired by a message I received from someone following my Instagram account. It made for a sad read, and I could feel the struggle through the screen as I was reading it. To summarise, it basically said that they’d seen and heard so much negative information about everyday food and diets and now they didn’t know what is right, what is wrong, who to trust or how to get out of the fear that they have around food. This advice was around foods that are seriously nutritionally great. They add sooooo much good stuff to the body, yet she was scared to touch it. The shocking thing was that some of this information had come from a nutrition ‘professional’ (I put professional in quotes because anyone giving that kind of information out should not be allowed to use the word professional – do your homework when you hire someone folks!).

One great thing that you can do for yourself today, that will have an instant impact, is to get some of that crazy nonsense out of your eye line altogether. Out of sight, out of mind is how the old saying goes. We spend so much time on social media now, and that’s not going to stop, but you can protect yourself when it comes to the information you are exposed to.

Clean up your social media feeds. Remove those celebrities trying to sell you quick fixes. Their juices and teas and stupid injections are nothing but money making hype.

Get rid of those people who are trying to convince you that their diet is the best one. They all say that they are scientifically proven, are ‘not a diet’, and that they the one plan that replaces all before them.

Even mute those friends who are always shouting about their weight related issues. You don’t have to delete them, but you also don’t need to see their weight losses or gains, their clothes sizes, the new product that they’re selling, or the award they got from their slimming club this week (urgh!).

You’re not a bad friend for doing that – you’re protecting your mental and physical health.

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Now make it a positive place to be and replace them with people who will guide you in a gentle way, giving you honest and trustworthy information. There are so many recommendations of incredible sources of safe nutritional information that I would love to share with you. Here are some of my faves, in no particular order. These are all websites (you can click through to them), but if you go to THIS POST on my Instagram or THIS POST on my Facebook you can go through to their social media feeds from there.

Laura Thomas PhD

Laura Thomas owns the London Centre for Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating

Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, creators of Intuitive Eating

Pixie Turner

Pixie Turner, anti-diet nutritionist

The F*ck It Diet

Caroline Dooner, anti-diet author

Christy Harrison

Christy Harrison, anti-diet dietitian and intuitive eating coach

Dietetically Speaking

Maeve Hanan, dietician, no nonsense nutrition

Rhitrition

Rhiannon Lambert, nutritionist

If you want something to sit and read I highly recommend these books:

The F*ck It Diet

Caroline Dooner's amazing and funny book on how to say 'f*ck it' and give up dieting. It's full of information on why we diet, why it's so damaging to our health, and how to tackle the thoughts and habits that come up as you are giving it up. Very compassionate and warm, and a giggle or two along the way. All science backed!

Intuitive Eating

Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch - the ladies who originally created intuitive eating and made it the incredible method that we use today. Kind and caring, a step by step guide to tackling the physical and the mental side of leaving diet culture behind. Just revised and re-released so this is brand new! A must read.

Body Positive Power

Megan Jayne Crabbe's book on how to let go of your body hang ups and realise that whatever shape and size you are, you are wonderful. Megan brings her own struggles into the book, and shows you that no matter what your circumstances you can release negative relationships with food and learn to enjoy it. 

Please note:  Links to items available to purchase are affiliate links, and I may earn a small commission from your purchase. However, these items have been chosen because I love and trust them, and I feel that they would benefit other people, not because I may earn a couple of quid! You are welcome of course to source them elsewhere, but if you purchase them through my link I will be super grateful.