Do you even know you have a visual diet? I kind of fell in love with the term when I heard it on the Food Psych podcast last week (the episode is linked) in an interview with Isabel Foxen Duke.
In the context of intuitive eating and creating healthy relationships with food and body, what are you looking at? What is in your face day to day? How much is unavoidable and how much of it have you chosen?
And the key question:
Is it helping you or hurting you?
It boggles my mind how often we forget we have choices and when something is not working we have the power to change it. So what is a visual diet?
Your visual diet is what you’re looking at every day.
The most glaring source of visual information is the internet and social media. What are you looking at, who are you following and what is in your feed?
And how is that serving you or nudging you into comparison and shame?
Are the thin, white yoga women making you feel like your body sucks? Stop following. Is the jet-setting, millionaire business owner making you feel like your small business is doomed for failure? Stop following. Do the perfectly styled, uber-healthy food photos make you feel like you don’t eat right? You get the picture.
Conversely, what are you looking at the inspires and motivates you? What makes you feel like you’re not alone? What reminds you that you don’t have to be perfect? What satisfies all parts of you? Are the people you follow diverse - different body shapes, sizes and colors, young and old?
If our feeds are filled with conventionally attractive people and over-styled green smoothies but our bodies don’t look like that and we enjoy other foods, our visual diet is unbalanced and it's reflecting back a skewed reality.
We get to choose how to find beauty in this world, choose what’s true and real, what lifts you up, not what tears you down.