Highfields' Own - - Nutrition - BY AC­CRED­ITED DIETITAN KARA MCCOLLOM

So­cial me­dia can be per­sua­sive.

What peo­ple see and hear on­line can heav­ily in­flu­ence what they choose to eat, what ex­er­cise they do and even their self im­age. This in­flu­ence is not al­ways pos­i­tive. Some­times the things we see can lead to un­re­al­is­tic ideals and re­stric­tive be­hav­iours in the de­sire to look a cer­tain way.

In con­trast, pos­i­tive so­cial me­dia can of­ten in­spire peo­ple to carry out sus­tain­able be­hav­iours and even change the way peo­ple view health. Find­ing the right in­spi­ra­tion is the most im­por­tant thing. My sug­ges­tions for what to fol­low to in­spire healthy self im­age and habits are:

★ Cen­tre for In­te­gra­tive Health: Di­rected by a team of psy­chol­o­gists, di­eti­tians and ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists, this cen­tre is ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple over­come their strug­gles with eat­ing, weight and body im­age to im­prove their phys­i­cal and emo­tional health.

★ Mod­er­a­tion Move­ment: This site is cen­tred around the phi­los­o­phy of stop quit­ting the food you love, ditch the fad di­ets and learn how to let go of anx­i­ety and guilt around eat­ing and ex­er­cise. ★ What’s for Eats: De­signed by dieitian Nina Mills, What’s for Eats is de­signed to es­cape the diet noise and find in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to help peo­ple tune into in­tu­itive eat­ing and feel good eat­ing. ★ Eat for Well­ness: Pro­vides ideas to nour­ish and re­store the body and soul and gives a new per­spec­tive on cre­at­ing a re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ship to take care of your­self.

★ Body Pos­i­tive Aus­tralia: Fo­cuses around the con­cept of treat­ing every­one, in ev­ery body of all shapes, sizes, gen­ders and abil­i­ties with love, care and the ut­most re­spect, and treat­ing your­self the same way!

So this month make the ef­fort to fill your feed with pos­i­tive so­cial me­dia posts to cre­ate a bet­ter per­spec­tive on healthy habits.

You’ll feel bet­ter for it!

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