I finally understood the definition of ‘hangry’.
You’re getting it wrong. Really wrong.
It seems like having a good body is more important than ever before, and the increasingly popular accounts on Instagram have something do to with it. But when does fitness stop and the obsession of looking good begin to take over?
Recently, Instagram superstars such as Ashy Bines, Kayla Itsines, and Freelee The Banana Girl have shared a large success in regards to fitness tips and workout plans. But to what extent do these have on our longterm health?
The Gold Coast Bulletin recently reported that Ashy Bines was stealing recipes from other websites and selling them as part of her Bikini Body Challenge with retails at $59.95 for a joining fee, and additional costs between $29.95-$39.95. With over 500,000 fans on Facebook and just as much on Instagram, it’s no wonder that these 12 week plans are going through the roof.
Not to mention the large volume of transformation pictures which are posted on all social media accounts. In an age where images can be altered on both the desktop, tablet and even a mobile phone, how can we believe what we see is genuine?
Instagram itself is feeling the shift, just take a look at some of its most popular tags and followed accounts: me, self, healthy, body, food, and the dreaded #instafit. It seems that we’re all interested in having a good body, but are compromising our health to make it all happen – and it’s not all about these Insta-models who have taken advantage of the shift.
Companies have capitalised on this and are creating products which will help to shed those extra kilograms in just a few days, a practice which is not healthy any way you look at it. So maybe it’s time, ladies, to rethink those weight loss teas, shakes, juice detoxes and cleanses, because they could all come at a price – your long-term health and wellbeing.
Images via Instagram, iStock
Don’t avoid vegetables altogether if the bitter taste is enough to make your taste-buds cringe! There are a variety of ways to disguise your greens by juicing with some yummy fruits instead. Add orange, strawberry, apple or even banana to your juice – and you won’t even taste the kale!
Citrus Beet Juice
1 large red beet
1 large pink grapefruit
- Peel and chop the beet, oranges, grapefruit, apple and carrots. Mix together in your favourite juicer, and add some ice if you enjoy your juice cold.
- Squeeze the lime when you’re done, and mix with a spoon before serving. If you don’t like the taste of pulp, simply squeeze the oranges and strain the pulp before including them in the juice.
Handful of kale leaves
Handful of baby spinach
2 granny smith apples
- Combine all of the fruits and vegetables together in your favourite juicer. Add an entire lime if you prefer your juice on the zesty side.
- Remove and strain if you don’t enjoy a juice with lots of body and pulp. If the flavour is true strong, simply add a few splashes of water to dilute the flavour.
Images and Recipes via Family Gone Healthy
So, what is a juice cleanse really like?
In a word, hungry.
Yes, I did get a kick out of feeling virtuous, smug and a little bit Gwyneth Paltrow as I chugged at my giant bottle of pond-scum coloured nutrients, but frankly, I was just hungry. And being hungry makes me miserable, and I don’t think self-inflicted misery is a super healthy choice, regardless of what it might do for my liver
The thing with juice cleanses is it all seems a bit of hype and half of what I read about them seems to be written by someone who hasn’t had a solid meal in far too long to make any sense; it all just sounds like the kind of nonsense workout fanatics talk about ‘toning’ and ‘lengthening’ muscles (heads up – you can’t do either. If you did lengthen your muscles, your joints wouldn’t work and you’d be a human jellyfish, and ‘toning’ is a just silly way of saying muscle is visible). Our organs are incredibly sophisticated instruments and although it’s not a bad idea to lay off the booze and potato wedges sometimes, cutting out everything bar kale juice is plain madness.
Frankly, I don’t like being hungry. My stomach rumbles, my head aches – it’s just generally unpleasant, and at this point I was only on day one. By day two I had cracked it completely. I became outraged that I was, for no real purpose, making myself hungry and angry (or ‘hangry’ as the boyfriend put it). And these kind of diet fads seem all too prevalent lately; I have a friend that strictly gave up carbs because she thought it would be a good idea – the result? She was famished and miserable for no good reason.
I found myself daydreaming about food. Now I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh you just need to get used to it,’ which sounds like a fair point, but I have no idea why I would want to get used to something awful when I could accomplish the same results with the right food. The juices were delicious, but it just wasn’t enough. So I stopped. I stuck with the juice, and I didn’t start counting Bloody Marys as an equal substitute, but I did start eating. Because a human body needs to eat. The nice thing was I didn’t find myself wanting to dive face first into a packet of chips. My palate seemed to have become accustomed to the light, fresh tastes leaving me fancying salmon and salad over steak and chips. And because I had just spent an afternoon blitzing and bottling a ridiculous amount of veg, I was able to prolong how long I was eating well and drinking juice, rather than just throwing the lot away because of my hunger-fuelled fury. So perhaps in a roundabout way it did help me start eating more healthily. I guess it all boils down to what my mother always said, ‘Everything in moderation’ – who knew this included healthy stuff?
Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.