a few minutes ago
I saw this quote today to ‘promote what you love, don’t bash what you hate’. I TRY to focus my content on Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, and improving mental wellbeing and sometimes I’m going to raise awareness about the realities of diet culture and diet mentality and it might be hard to hear. I’m sorry if I ruffled any feathers yesterday, I know this is a touchy subject! I also know when I get ‘offended’ by something it’s usually because there is some truth to it and its a signal I need to do some soul searching on it.
We’ve been fed a ton of lies about health, weight, body size, body image and worth. We’ve spent so much time, money, and energy to live in a smaller body and what has that gotten us? Anyone else out there dieted for the last 5, 10, 20 years? Did you ever achieve and maintain all the benefits it promises? Did you become a professional dieter too 😅
Studies show that within 2-5 years, up to 97% of diets fail. This means the weight is regained and up to 2/3 of people regain more weight than where they started. The numbers are shocking but it was what I needed to hear to finally stop dieting. When I took a step back I saw how damaging it all is mentally, physically, and spiritually.
We can pursue health and focus on health promoting behaviors without the main goal of weight loss - this is the concept of Health At Every Size. I have yet to see someone improve their body image by losing weight so the work actually begins within. Some of our first steps is recognizing the fatphobia or fat discrimination we learned along our journey and begin practicing acceptance and compassion. We were all born intuitive eaters and can return to a place where food is just food, it’s neither good nor bad. There’s a place for all food like this açaí flavored soft serve in a papaya bowl without worry, guilt, or shame no matter what size your body is. All bodies need fuel. And they all deserve tasty food.