Have you ever been out with friends or family + felt guilty for ordering something *unhealthy* or you’ve ordered something + someone makes a negative comment about it. These are forms of healthy shaming — feeling like you shouldn’t eat something, even though you want to, because you’re afraid of feeling guilty afterwards. It can also include justifying your food decisions to yourself + others.
Healthy shaming is all around us unfortunately– people constantly making excuses for what they’re eating, comments about you eating salad again, + assumptions that healthy people live, eat + breathe fruits, veggies, + sweat seshes. When people notice that you regularly exercise + eat healthy, they sometimes only see you as this *healthy* person — so when you order a hamburger + fries they’re confused. They assume you’d be eating salad for every meal, but us CHAARGies know this isn’t true — though a good salad is on our plate sometimes : )
If people make assumptions about your food choices, remind them that healthy eating is all about balance + listening to your body! There is not a set type of foods you have to eat in order to be healthy.
SHOULD YOU BE EATING THAT?
Anytime someone asks, should you be eating that? — they are healthy shaming. At first, it may seem like they are just expressing concern, but being healthy + happy is not about a finite eating plan ++ we are not defined by the food that we eat. Your dinner choice when you’re out with friends + having fun does not define your overall *health,* + we shouldn’t feel pressured into making food-related decisions based on what others may think of them.When someone comments on our eating habits, we may be tempted to give an excuse. I ate a small breakfast + went on a run, so I can eat this — this is healthy shaming. Instead, simply tell yourself + those around you that yes, I want to eat this, + there is nothing wrong with that.
Life isn’t perfect + we aren’t either! CHAARG girls know a healthy lifestyle is all about balance — this includes being mindful, but not restrictive, in what we’re eating. Don’t confine foods to being *good* or *bad* — instead, enjoy all the yummy eats stress-free.
If you find yourself dealing with healthy shaming, remember — you shouldn’t have to justify your food decisions to anyone. It’s okay to treat yourself without guilt + it’s okay to eat something just because you want it. : ) + Make sure to share all of your fav #CHAARGeats with us on Insta. <3
++Ashleigh B. [ashleigh_inchaarg] // PittCHAARG