Have you ever scrolled your social media accounts, hit a stream of perfect meals and workout selfies, and felt like crap about your own efforts? It seems like there’s always some account out there that is getting in more beautiful, well-balanced meals, doing longer runs, or showing off harder workouts. It can be difficult to feel like what you’re doing is enough.
A major problem is with accounts that show no balance: fitness gurus never seem to take a day off because every post is a workout that crushes it. Nutrition gurus seem to eat perfectly every single day because they never post a milkshake or some French fries. I think we know in our hearts how unrealistic that is, but how many of us are truly embracing the one-sidedness of social media and how we aren’t allowed to see that balance?
This sets us up for a comparison game that is absolutely unwinnable. You can’t compete with perfect.
3 Websites and Accounts to Help You Restore Some Balance and Diversity Back Into Your Social Media Streams
These embrace body positivity and neutrality, and support exercise and nutrition that is right for everyone. They are all about showing the full picture of what health really looks like – including both perfect and imperfect moments. They encourage health to be viewed as a more holistic effort that includes self-compassion and self-care, rather than bullying ourselves to perfect our diet and exercise.
1) The Body Image Movement by Taryn Brumfitt
Netflix Documentary: https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace-the-documentary/
This documentary has earned a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and addresses “the global issue of body image, associated negative stereotypes, and what women can do to improve their physical and mental well-being.” It has also started an online community dedicated to self-respect and body positivity. Follow along for daily messages of inspiration and examples of balance and diversity!
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2) Be Nourished by Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant
“Body trust is our birthright.” This foundation provides helpful reminders that tuning into our own needs and our own journey is something we all have a right to do without being shamed, judged, criticized, or questioned. They feature powerful women with a counter-culture message to love your own body without feeling like it needs to be changed through diet, exercise, or otherwise.
3) Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
Linda’s Website: https://lindabacon.org/
Book’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HAESbook/
Linda Bacon’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaBaconHAES/
Online Community: http://www.haescommunity.org
Linda Bacon is the author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight. Her research challenges conventional thinking about the importance of nutrition and weight as the predictors of health we always use them for. Explore her resources and gain the freedom to believe that you are healthy, exactly the way you are right now, without changing anything.