The integrity of the Healthy Lifestyle movement has been cast in an unpleasant light recently.
The damaged reputation of Belle Gibson, a healthy living blogger and cookbook creator, has been spread throughout social media. The possibility that she has lied about her health and recovery from cancer as well as how she handles her charitable contributions is a blow to the healthy lifestyle community. If she lied who else has lied? Health Coaches, bloggers, fitness inspiration stars are likely all on high alert. If they aren’t they should be.
Reading about Gibson’s tainted reputation has certainly made me question whether or not I have been honest in my portrayal of my life and my goals within this tiny health coaching blog that I put out into the interwebs. It has also set me on edge about the individuals that inspire me and my healthy living practices. Did her teeth really turn that white after that DIY ritual?
It is really easy to look at a vibrant picture on the internet or social media and believe the text below that picture will give you the key to that vibrancy. There is a slim chance but 90% of the time your life won’t ever look like that.
It is ok to be a skeptic and I encourage you to be one. Double check sources. Understand the agendas of companies. Are you being sucked into fantastic marketing or is the information truly useful? We are all inundated with information about how to make our lives “better, healthier, glowier” but not all of that information is true and there’s no way all of it will work for you.
If you were a follower and supporter of Gibson you may at this time feel betrayed and confused. Or you might be supporting her through this challenging time. Her story must have some truth behind it. She probably didn’t start her healthy living blog thinking “boy, I’m going to make a lot of money telling people how to live a healthier life by eating lovely food.” We all hope for success but the journey is often a long one that may or may not see fame or fortune along the way. Sadly, at this point it doesn’t really matter if the allegations toward Gibson are true or false. The damage has been done. Her image has been trod on and it may take a while for her to repair it.
In the interest of being transparent in this healthy lifestyle community I believe it is necessary for me to provide you with some deeper insight into my agenda for Just Add Color. You may be surprised by what comes next.
My goal with this post is to encourage you to take a little extra time to really understand the agenda behind the messages you’re being told. Make sure you know the truth and get all the facts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.