So I unfollowed her.
But I wanted to do the polite thing and tell her that she'd just lost a follower. So I tweeted her to say 'and for that, buh-bye'.
She replied: 'Wow. Was just trying to help people who are trying to cut down on sugar.'
For a moment I felt bad. Was I being harsh? Unreasonable? Hysterical? Then I thought better of it and felt fine with my decision.
I don't use Twitter to be an advocate for anything, it's my utterly unscientific opinions and ramblings you'll find there. And recently I've not even done much engaging with the Twitter community because I got a bit bored with spending all day long on my phone, checking what people I don't actually know have to say.
I do realize, however, that others use Twitter for their business, whether they are PTs or nutritionists or diet gurus and so it becomes their medium to dish out advice and motivation.
|Tomorrow I'd like to look a giant chocolate chip peanut butter cookie, cause that's just the mood I'm in right now.|
But let's be honest, was that tweet really helpful in cutting out sugar? I don't think so. There's a whole lotta sugar in a healthy fruit smoothie, yet she didn't tell us not to go for that. Hey, don't drink that smoothie unless you want to look like one tomorrow! I'm pretty certain that this was about food and about weight, even if she won't admit to that.
I'm sure we all make comments about food here and there, to remind ourselves or perhaps a close friend or family member that maybe, just maybe we shouldn't go for that fourth helping of chocolate cake and no, it's probably not wise to eat the entire box of Jaffa cakes in one go. I've done that and I'm grateful when G reminds me that five large chocolate chip cookies in one sitting is not an acceptable amount of cookies to eat on my own. Mostly because I'll spoil my appetite for dinner and might even manage to make myself feel sick. Then I'll be hating on chocolate chip cookies for the next year and that's just not fair to the cookies. After all, this was all my own fault!
Using a public platform like Twitter to make these types of comments, in my humble opinion, only encourages an unnatural and unhealthy relationship with food and the way we see ourselves. As a fitness journalist and trainer, with over 17k followers, and using Twitter as a professional platform, shouldn't she have a responsibility to her 'followers' and promote a healthy weight-loss message instead of contributing to, what is probably already for most people, a fraught relationship with food in general and treats in particular?
Maybe I'm overreacting but I'd love to hear your thoughts about all of this.
For now, I'm off my soap box again! And don't forgot, if you'd like to be wearing some coconut & date bars sometime soon, check out my giveaway over here.
What are your thoughts? Am I over-reacting or was that just not necessary?