Ask a Health Coach: Social Media Triggers | India News

Hey guys, board-certified health coach Erin Powers is here to talk about social media triggers and organize your feed. If you find that social media is hurting your well-being, we have strategies, tips, and backup! Have a question you would like to ask our fitness trainers? Leave it in the comments below or over Mark Daly Apple Facebook Group,

Annie asked:
“I switched to Primal a few months ago, and it’s going great. Before that, I had a long history of frequent dieting and calorie counting. Finally, I’m starting to feel like I’m just eating real food. I can and see the weight gain (without gaining weight in the process). Problem: Primal helps me follow hashtags on Instagram like #paleo #primal #keto, etc. It really helped me stick to it and It kind of helped to feel part of a community of people who eat and love life. But lately I’ve noticed myself being super triggered by some of the posts. Usually it’s the women who do. Being too skinny (probably anorexic) using the paleo and keto hashtags. While I’ve come a long way, I don’t see anything like it. It triggers old habits around food and body image. How do I deal with it? Tackle but keep up the good chunks of social media inspiration? Sorry for the long question lol.”

First of all, welcome to the Primal Eating Crew, and congratulations on your conscious effort to surround yourself with helpful messages and community. Creating a supportive environment is huge when it comes to implementing and sticking to habit change and healthy change efforts.

I’d also like to acknowledge you for your attention to what isn’t working in terms of social media and your well-being. That awareness is an overlooked first step in self-care. In the end, we are our number 1 caretaker. By identifying what’s useful and what isn’t, you can take steps to choose what really nourishes you.

Clear your feed, clear your mind.

as you mentioned, Social media can be a tremendous support Early to eat and stay. In a world where there isn’t a lot of messaging (online and IRL) for the health conscious, it’s nice to know that you can go online and see or meet many people adopting a healthy lifestyle and having fun along the way. can join. Good for you for seeking out the community as you make helpful changes.

That said, social media is a mixed blessing. You never know who or what might be entering your feed. This is the case whether you follow certain hashtags or if the platform feeds you “recommended” or “suggested” posts and ads based on your past activity.

As a initial health coach, I work with many clients who have a history of eating disorders or other unhelpful patterns related to food, eating and weight loss culture. One of the first things I do is take a closer look at what content and messaging they are consuming on a daily basis—including social media. Is this helpful? Or not that much?

I notice this myself on Instagram from time to time and take immediate, proactive steps to edit what is or isn’t triggering in my best interest. I also have a saying: Organize your Instagram feed. Clear your mind.

If Instagram is recommending posts that you find triggering and unhelpful, be sure to flag them as “not of interest.” You do this on the post itself, by clicking on the three dots in the upper-right corner to see your options. Of course, if you follow the triggering account, unfollow! You can do this on the person’s profile page or by clicking on those dots up top for the “Unfollow” option. If a particular hashtag brings you a lot of triggering posts, unfollow that too. If the post is “sponsored,” you’ll see an option to stop seeing ads.

Simply put: Anytime anything or anyone makes you feel bad about yourself or is derailing your healthy change efforts, take the power back and let it disappear. we are focused instagram, but this applies to all social media as well as other content that you may be consuming online or in person. Unfortunately, you’ll have to do this over and over again because this stuff always seems to be crawling backwards. But there is something intentional and forceful about this exercise! If you do this too often your feed changes.

Say no thanks, carefully.

The current beauty ideals have come a long way but there is still a long way to go. A lot of social media content tries to persuade us to be as lean and light as possible (whether through open messaging or what is contained in images and captions).

Since you’re already adopting an early lifestyle, you know that getting a particular shape or size isn’t what we’re about. Yes, many people reach their ideal body composition by eating a nutrient-rich diet consisting of real, whole, minimally processed foods; high quality protein; healthy fats; fruits and vegetables; and high-fat dairy. But the bigger picture is better health, longevity and vitality from the inside, no matter how we look from the outside.

This is true, and, as long as there are no underlying health conditions and as long as the 10 Primal Blueprint Rules are generally applied with at least 80% consistency, desired changes in body composition can occur naturally—without Of calorie counting or struggle.

As a initial health coach, I see it as the norm with my clients rather than the exception. I also see it as something that helps them step out of old, unhelpful patterns around food: After all, they can eat delicious, healthy foods in abundance and end up with unwanted weight gain or loss of their body and organism. Can’t worry about fighting science. For most, this is the definition of food freedom.

I want to mention this in part, because we may never know exactly what people posting on social media are doing. I suspect that many people who post “trigger” material around weight and dieting are actually trapped in their own places of suffering and struggle. They haven’t got the kind of “incidental food freedom” that comes with the primal approach to eating, moving, and living.

Instead of blaming or shaming them (or leaving unkind comments), I try to send kind thoughts, remove them from my feed, and move on. I’m not saying it’s easy or that I just don’t get agitated or angry sometimes. In truth, it can be so hard to let go of the triggering image, caption, or comment.

But the more we manage to remember that these are human beings too, with their own vulnerabilities and places of conflict reinforced by pervasive dietary and aesthetic ideals, the more we are actively contributing to changing current culture. Huh.

But back to you, Annie: You are your No. 1 caretaker and you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. I find it helpful to let the broader context soften the power of the trigger, take forceful action, and move on.

Social media strategy and support

to sum up:

  • follow up accounts and Hashtags Which are helpful to your health, lifestyle and food choices. They are a great source of inspiration, inspiration and community!
  • Consider the following reliable sources. Mark Daly Apple, For example; either Initial Health Coach Institute,
  • Don’t follow accounts or hashtags that make you feel bad about yourself or otherwise undermine the empowering, healthy changes you’re making.
  • Edit your social media feeds regularly, keep what is helpful and delete the rest.
  • Remember our shared humanity and move from a place of compassion and kindness whenever possible. We have no idea what others are doing behind the filtered lens of Instagram and other social media channels.

For anyone in need of extra backup between diet culture and unhelpful messaging, consider working face-to-face with a health coach. Imagine if you could take all the tips in a post like this and get all the information you’ve been collecting for decades… and reliably and consistently apply them. That’s where the coaches help!

External accountability is truly a game changer, and we can help you stay on course with your goals and navigate difficult social situations online and out. meeting To learn more and get started!

Do you find social media helpful or harmful in your health journey? Have any tips to share? Tell us and leave your favorite, most helpful Instagram accounts in the comments!


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