Some of you might currently be participating in the Free 5 Day Diet Detox Challenge which is going on now (if you aren't, then it's not too late to sign up if you’re listening to this live!), and in light of that currently happening, I am using this episode to talk about the four main areas that likely need diet detoxing: social media, self-talk, diet tools, and our support system!
Starting with using social media to detox from diet culture, I encourage you to go through your social media feeds and unfollow or mute any profiles and/or hashtags that are triggering to you. It's so important to ask yourself the question of whether or not content related to food and health is benefitting your intuitive eating journey! Remember that, whether we like it or not, we are influenced by what we see, and that means that social media detoxing includes not only unfollowing or muting content that doesn't benefit our journeys but also adding ones that do!
I then dive into talking about keeping an inventory of how we are talking to ourselves around food and what we eat. Reflect on that, and assess what words and phrases need to be removed and/or replaced. I also encourage you, as I do frequently, to work on finding body neutrality. We don't have to love the way that our bodies look, but we should at least appreciate our bodies and what they are capable of doing for us!
The third area, diet tools, is a sneaky one. Things like calorie counting apps, books and magazines about dieting, clothes that you're using to gauge your size, etc. are probably not benefitting your intuitive journey. I personally don't use an activity tracker because it isn't worth the risk of that being triggering to me, and I don't find it beneficial to me. It's also so, so important, as I have said multiple times on this podcast, to ditch the scale!
The fourth and final area of your life that likely needs diet detoxing is your social support. It's so crucial to take inventory of who in your life is contributing to your intuitive eating journey and who is instead contributing to diet culture. We then need to make a plan of action for how to make sure that our support system is benefitting our intuitive eating journey and not hindering it. We need to set boundaries and in some cases just agree to disagree about intuitive eating, and you are always welcome, if you aren't already, to join The SociEATy!
I close by offering three tips that you can put into action today, including joining the Free 5 Day Diet Detox Challenge! I hope that this episode is helpful for you in setting yourself up an environment that supports your intuitive eating journey. Be sure also to subscribe, rate, and review and to screenshot this episode to let me know that you've heard it and what was most helpful and interesting for you! I read each and every one of your reviews and love hearing from you!
[3:21] – Colleen dives into talking about why detoxing from diet culture is important.
[7:45] – Colleen focuses on the first area that needs diet detoxing: social media.
[13:05] – The next area that Colleen discusses is how we talk to ourselves.
[18:23] – Colleen moves onto the third area: diet tools.
[21:56] – Colleen reveals why she does not use an activity tracker.
[22:56] – Colleen stresses the importance of getting rid of the scale.
[25:53] – Colleen shifts gears to the last area that needs diet culture detoxing: your support system.
[30:18] – A couple of books about intuitive eating are recommended to us.
[31:51] – We are encouraged to create a photo album on our phone of content that can inspire us.
[32:37] – Be sure to join the Free 5 Day Diet Detox Challenge!