Wellness ambassador Trisha Lewis had to “harden” after fat-damaging trolls
Wellness influencer and chef Trisha Lewis has admitted that she had to “toughen up” to avoid feeling “torn apart” by comments about her weight.
Trisha uses her platform to promote healthy lifestyles, from diet to exercise to mental health.
Trisha has now teamed up with the Dove Self-Esteem Project in Ireland to help the next generation enjoy a positive relationship with their looks.
Wellness influencer and chef Trisha Lewis has admitted that she had to “toughen up” to avoid feeling “torn apart” by comments about her weight. Image: Delivered
Trisha started her journey with a desire to lose weight, but she realized that it was more than just seeing a number on a scale.
She realized that there are more benefits to improving your health than just losing weight, but her own mind soon became her worst enemy.
“I let my inner demons scream down my better angels,” she said Extra.ie.
“For years I have never given my health a better chance than now to be who I want to be. You can always rewrite your own script, make a decision and say: “No, I am no longer satisfied with that.”
On her Instagram, Trisha shares her wellness journey and has won a legion of fans who she affectionately call Transformers. However, like many with large online followers, she faces cruel comments. Image: Delivered
Trisha shares her wellness journey on her Instagram and has won a legion of fans whom she “affectionately” calls “Transformers”. Like many with large online followers, she faces cruel comments.
When asked about these comments, Trisha admitted that she didn’t know how to deal with them until her online profile grew.
“Unfortunately you have to harden yourself, otherwise it will tear you apart,” she said.
“These forums may exist about me, but you don’t need a platform to make people angry with you.
“My advice to people who are online or offline is never to take criticism from someone they wouldn’t swap with – and I would never swap with someone who says bad things to someone.”
Trisha doesn’t believe in suppressing feelings or concerns about what is being said online. “When you bottle something, it comes out in a terrible way and there is a side effect somewhere.
‘Communicate; tell someone you love Know that it is okay to feel pain and to communicate it.
“Not everyone will like you, especially if you are overweight – this is not the standard of beauty that is accepted.”
The Limerick woman announced that reading such comments is never easy, but she’s got used to it.
Social media has changed in the last few years as there is less pressure on what body type you should be and more about accepting your body.
Trisha explained that while this is a good thing, the discussion of what makes a body healthy can be confusing.
“I have to lose weight and I know it’s good for my health. I don’t have to lose it to anyone but myself,” she explained.
“When it comes to social media, it’s almost become an anti-weight loss culture. Sometimes the lines are blurry for me.
“I understand what is being said that we should change our bodies, but I need to get a little bit healthier.
‘I think [body acceptance] is well represented online. The one thing I would always say is that I am not forcing obesity, but I would advertise to be happy with you and enjoy the journey to the destination.
“If I’m online and someone makes a nasty comment, it’s on them – not me. I have enough problems to worry about! ‘
“When it comes to social media, it’s almost become an anti-weight loss culture. Sometimes the lines are blurred for me. ‘ Image: Delivered
Trisha went on to say that there is great representation in relation to those who advocate body acceptance and body confidence that the message out there is to be healthy in both mind and body.
However, she went on to say that one person doesn’t have to be overweight for another to attack them online, saying, “You will always find something wrong with a person – no matter how tall or how a person looks.
“Just be who you are, be happy, and if your core values are right, then you should become a little more resilient.
“For those under the age of 17, you haven’t matured, you haven’t been into the world yet and you don’t know what’s out there. There is this harsh reality.
“If you’re in that age group, or know someone that age, just communicate. If you know someone is suffering from the pressures of social media, ask them if they’re feeling fine and ask them again. Keep checking back with them because we are socializing more online than ever and people are way braver with a keyboard.
“Mind your own and make sure there are the right boundaries so they know they can always come to you, no matter how bad news or comments are.”
Trisha talks about her job as an ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem project and is excited to be part of something that educates young girls about the reality of social media.
“There is a lot of pressure on young girls on social media and this campaign is pushing for change,” she said.
“What is missing from social media is the reality of life. Show the ups and downs of life and be proud of them.
“It’s important that I don’t use filters. It saddens me that someone has to do something like this to hide a piece of themselves. ‘
Dove did an in-depth study of girls ages 10-17 to find out how they see themselves and found that most girls don’t feel good about their looks and have negative body image issues.
Research found that digital biases on social media played a huge role in this, and had a direct impact on their confidence and body image. The study conducted by Dove shows that 39% of girls in Ireland have already downloaded a photo editing app and were on average 12 years old when they first applied a filter / app to change their appearance.