Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Beef With “Fitspiration”

[WARNING: Contain offensive language.]

OK, these thoughts have been spinning round and round in my head for so long and the more I think about it and the more I see the stupid comments that we (us at the Libero Network) get about this, the more I get angry about it.

If you don’t know what Fitspiration is, it is a movement created by people to encourage others to exercise and get fit.

That’s great! I have nothing against people encouraging others to exercise and feel good about themselves. Exercise is good for the body when done in moderation and for the right reasons.

But when images like this 

and this

are plastered on social networking sites and all over the media, it’s beginning to get too much.

To me, the Fitspiration movement has become more of a cult, encouraging others to feel bad about themselves as they are and strive for this ideal body that, as I said, is being plastered all over the internet.

Not only that, but they chose a name much like that of the anorexic “Thinspiration” movement, which, as many of you know, has disturbing images of skeletal girls and boys standing around looking half-dead. Why would you name a supposed healthy exercise movement that is similar to the thinspiration movement?

I mean, really?

People are fighting back against the Libero Network’s “Stop Fitspiration” movement saying that because we are saying this, we must be fat and lazy, etc. 

No, that is not why are against Fitspiration. When people see these images, they start to feel bad about themselves. They start to feel as though they’re not doing enough exercise or they’re not trying hard enough. Not only is it making people feel bad because their bodies don’t look like those in the images, it’s making people strive for this “ideal” body, which is unrealistic for people that don’t exercise for a career. 

People are being brainwashed into thinking that these kind of messages are good to spread around, particularly in the blog world. 

To me, it’s exercise-addiction masquerading as a healthy message and is very much like “Thinspiration”. In fact, it would appear that Fitspiration is the new Thinspiration.

As someone who went from looking at “thinspiration” on the internet to looking up to ripped people like Jillian Michaels and certain celebrities, my obsession was to no longer be thin but to look toned and lean. And oh boy, did I get carried away with the messages these people were sending out.

I couldn’t go a day without exercising for 2 hours because I was being told by society that it was the right thing to do. I was exercising harder and harder every time to the point where my heart started palpitating during my workouts. it got to the point where I was so injured that every single workout was painful.

It’s been over two years since I gave up my addiction to exercise and began my journey of mending my relationship with my body and exercise and my body is still recovering. Even though I’m at a healthy weight and my body is functioning properly, when I go out for a walk or do some yoga, I still feel pain in my joints. It’s everlasting. I regret those years that I pushed my body so hard. When I hear these messages saying, “You never regret a workout”, I can honestly say that I have regretted many a workout. I have regretted ever letting these stupid messages get to me.

I am still in the process of mending my relationship with exercise and these fitspiration messages are definitely not helping, but when I read them, I just have to laugh because they are so ludicrous.

Let’s take the second image above for example: 

“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose.”

Are you FUCKING serious? Come on people, I know you’re smarter than that! What message is this giving people? It is telling people that if they don’t exercise, they should feel guilty! WHY SHOULD WE FEEL GUILTY FOR THAT? It’s hard enough having the voice in your head making you feel guilty and now we are being told to feel guilty from external sources? 

Fuck. Off.

Particularly when people that usually get involved in this movement are those that feel insecure already. This is just adding gasoline and butane gas to the already raging fire!

I know I’m probably going to get some pretty bad backlash from this but I don’t care. This is my opinion and this blog is my outlet. If you like Fitspiration then good for you. But don’t try and make myself and others who are struggling with body image and self-love feel bad about ourselves because you do.

/rant over.

Please note: I am in recovery from an eating disorder and is someone who has had much experience with the Fitspiration movement. This is my own personal opinion. Do not call me fat or lazy because I am against Fitspiration. If that’s the only comeback you have, then that really says something…

Have a Slice of Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

Helloooo! Thank you all for your responses to my last post. I’m glad that you all agree with my food philosophy!

Today’s post is going to be slightly more delicious with a new, FODMAP-friendly dessert recipe. 

Ooooh yeaaah!

Katy-Pie’s Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

You will need:

  • 2 cups of chopped, uncooked rhubarb (~800 grams)
  • 150 ml water
  • 3 cups of frozen berries
  • 1 cup of white sugar*
  • 2-3 tablespoons of corn flour
  • 75 grams of chilled butter 
  • 1 cup of GF flour (2/3 cup rice flour, 1/3 cup tapioca starch, teaspoon xanthan gum)
  • 1 cup of oat bran
  • 1/2 cup of soft brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F.In a pot, gently simmer the rhubarb and water until soft and fluffy. Take off the heat and stir in the white sugar.

Poor into a lasagne dish and stir in frozen berries and corn flour.

In a bowl, combine the GF flour, sugar, and oats. When combined, chop the butter into cubes and rub the butter and dry mixture with your fingers (or put into a food processor – whatever takes your fancy) until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Pour the mixture over the fruit and put in the oven four 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

Serve with ice cream or custard. 

Enjoy!

*For a lower fructose content, use half white sugar, half glucose powder.

Food in Recovery

Hey, you beautiful lot!

How’s your week going? Mine so far has involved copious amounts of hot chocolate, YouTube and procrastination. Such as right now…procrastinating…oh dear…

ANYWAY…

I wasn’t planning on doing a post today but there has been something that’s been bothering me for a long time and it’s about time I talked about it.

And that’s Food in Recovery.

I think everyone knows that recovery from an eating disorder involves food in every way, shape or form whether it involves cutting down on food or loading up on food or simply mending your relationship with food. 

I’ve always heard people talk about food as being nourishing and medicine for the body, especially during recovery. But when we (and by “we” I mean us folks in recovery) start to eat more in recovery, we think that we should really be concentrating on the “healthy” foods because they are the most nourishing.

Yes, that is partly true.

But in my case, when you’ve been starving yourself of ALL nutrients, ANY kind of food is nourishing to you whether it be fatty fries, grilled chicken, raw salad or potato chips. And it irks me that most people don’t mention this when they talk about refeeding. They talk about how often you should eat or sticking to a certain meal plan but it hasn’t been emphasised that ALL food is good for you. 

I am most certainly guilty in the past of believing that during my recovery I should stick to clean and nourishing foods because I need to give my body as much nutrients as possible. But you need high calorie foods in order to gain back the energy stores that you lost throughout your weeks/monts/years of starvation. And by eating different kinds of foods, you will find out which ones make you feel your best and which ones don’t. 

During my recovery, I realised that I suffer from a mild form of IBS and I have to be careful with what I eat. I can’t eat cleanly all the time because I would be highly restricting myself. I can’t eat avocados, onions, garlic, peas, beans, peanut butter, too much wheat, all fruit but berries and citrus, etc. What would be left for me to eat? Not much really. 

I enjoy deep fried fish and chips from the fish and chip shop. I enjoy saturday nights watching movies and eating pizza from pizza hut. Even though they may not be the most nourishing of foods, they do still carry nutrients! All food carries nutrients. 

Now, I’m not trying to convince you to go and live off of fast food and chocolate. But what I’m talking about here is balance. You can’t completely restrict yourself to “clean” food during your recovery because that is still a form of restriction and is what some call “Orthorexia”. I went down that path the last time I tried to recover and it ended up with me getting even sicker than I was before when I ate even less!

The message to take away from this post is to enjoy food. Enjoy the smells, the textures and tastes. When in recovery, it is important to have fun with food. Create things in the kitchen that you feel proud of. Bake cookies or muffins using ingredients like butter, oil and sugar. Because not only are you trying to nourish your physical being, you also need to satisfy your spiritual being as well. We get a lot of pleasure from what we eat. So don’t restrict yourself to certain foods. 

No food is bad.

Have you ever fallen into this trap?

What made you realise that there was no such thing as “good” and “bad” foods?

Accent Vlog!

A little late I know…

The instructions are to say these words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

 

Have YOU done an accent vlog?!