Ideas that I bring with me in 2015 (from 2014) #2 - Boss of my social media streams-Unfollowing food trigger photos and food descriptions
My take away :Surfing those waves of food thoughts, I have to minimize my exposure to food photos and descriptions on the internet. I have to be BOSS about my social media streams.
The Positive: Now the thing that is one of my God given gifts is Photography.
The Reality: The thing that is a gift can also be triggering for me around food photos and descriptions, so I had to be very honest and tough around subscribing to Pinterest, Facebook and even Feedly when bloggers were describing binges.
My recovery from a life long food addiction requires that I not dabble in old food cycles. Just like an alcoholic would not go and walk by the bar or hang out in one AND they would find new friends who do not "use".
1. Unfollowing tirggering Food Photos on Pinterest: Sometime in 2014, Pinterest changed their programming for a while and "suggested" pins and pinners.That was a disaster in my brain! I couldn't believe my eyes.
No, no, no, oh HECK NO. Because I subscribe to weight maintainers on Pinterest thought I should see their moderate eating, bakery posts. I make it a priority not to follow all boards on each person I follow. May be inspirational, maybe paleo/primal recipes.... but I unfollow if there's lots of cookies and cupcakes.
Now my pinterest boards looks more like this:
2. Unfollowing Facebook pages I like due to a constant stream of baked Paleo dessert foods.
Ditto with Instagram
Just as jarring as the food photos on Pinterest.... The awesome Paleo bloggers who have great content but I just cannot follow them because of their constant stream of Paleo cookies, brownies, cakes...
No, just no. I still visit these bloggers, and share their non food or meat dishes. One in particular has great, researched based articles and I share them. Awesome, valuable work. The info is great, but SAD food porn is not, in my opinion. Another has awesome meat recipes.
One of them admitted "It's our team that posts these, not us, do you think that we eat these all the time?"
My own answer: To be honest: I don't blame these posters for posting their Paleo-fied treats. Many times it's their source of income. And they do get lots of blog traffic (sex sells and so do Paleo cookies!) I get it. But I dislike the subsequent posts of "I try so hard and I still can't lose the weight/have good health... "____insert whiny problem here....
Dudes and Dude-ttes, Paleo bloggers or not, look at processes. Look at choices that result in what you are putting in your body. There's a direct connection between health out comes and what you choose to put in your body. Direct connection.
Paleo or not: Own your answers = own your processes = own your own health outcomes. Banish the whine and victim mode. It might be right for you, just no whiny posts if you are into paleo or low WW point treats. Cheat DAY, week, month? and circling around the same problems? Okay, fix it or move ON! Glad to be off that merry-go-round. Be honest and BOSS about it.
What works for me:
Unfollowing Paleo Treat bloggers and googling their non junk food information as needed.
Also, this thought from Jason Seib: "Don't bring your SAD diet with you into your new habits!"
3. Unfollowing bloggers describing food binges and planning food binges in super large detail:
Sorry- NO, not sorry about this one. It's me, not you. Yes, I know that food porn is part of the disease. And I sincerely hope these bloggers find wellness.
I know that many people moderate junk food and do well. Yeah, they do, but as well as it makes them, it causes me to be in the disease.
I worked and work hard to remain food sober. Time is limited. If I were a recovered alcoholic, I would find a group of friends outside the bar. Well, hello, my name is Karen P and I'm a recovered food addict..... I'll be spending my time on things accepting I can change about myself, and letting go of things I can't.
What works for me: Keeping my train on the tracks
|Keeping my train on the tracks|
2. Totally changing my old junk food moderating ways.
3. Using my god given talent- photography.
What didn't work in the past:
1. Keeping photos of dessert food around in the way of recipes, magazines, and not being BOSS of my environment. Following others who were also "using food".
2. Not removing junk food.
3. Using my camera to take photos of cookies!!! Whut?!
Question: How about you? What internet changes have you made now that you've made changes in your diet? Can you also spot others decent back to old habits. It's tougher to watch than I thought it would be. I've had to get more "BOSS" with social media than I ever thought.