I used to laugh at people who ate 2 squares of dark chocolate as a “treat”. A bowl of yoghurt as “dessert” or roast dinner as a “cheat”. I used to mock them. I found them, irritating, annoying & in denial. Fitspos are the first to call people out on what they’re doing and eating. They’re the first to preach “no judgement” but they’ll mock those who don’t follow the same protocols as them. They’ll ridicule those who don’t eat carbs & conveniently forget about that half a decade where they refused to touch a single piece of bread. They’ll be the first to bash someone’s lunch but they’ll forget about the years they spent restricting, dieting, doing 100 ab crunches every single day. They’ll forget about their own journey. They’ll forget about the fact that they didn’t always know what they now know. They’ll use others as their subject of comedy, as a way of pushing their own beliefs, they’ll jump on anything that will promote themselves & what they have now learnt & want they now want to preach & promote.
Whilst it’s infuriating that we have unqualified, uneducated “celebrities” promoting dangerous lifestyles it’s also important to consider that outside of the #fitspo bubble people aren’t aware of what we now know. It’s important to realise that the everyday person is at a different stage of their journey. & I got it wrong by rolling my eyes at others, LOLing at others, shaking my head at people’s choices & conveniently forgetting all the mistakes & silly things I’ve done in the past. For all we know, 2 squares of dark chocolate could be a breakthrough for an individual. It could be moment of pride that I almost sh*tted on for the sake of my own ego. & the reason why we get these things wrong is because everyone has their own story. Everyone is at a different stage of their ‘journey’. We’ll never know what that person has been through, is going through, so we should at least try to spare judgement. If we’re preaching that social media isn’t “real life” & that we shouldn’t compare, judge or get sucked into the vortex, we should probably do the same when it comes to individual’s dietary & lifestyle choices. Continued below ⬇️