Ditching diet culture and truly healing from diet culture may sound like the exact same thing, but there actually is some difference between them, and I am here today to talk about what that difference is and why it's important!
It's so important that when it comes to diet culture, we are healing from it, not just ditching it. Ditching diet culture is rebelling against it, doing the exact opposite of what a diet would dictate. You might, for example, commit to eating a doughnut daily because of how diet culture always told you that doughnuts are bad. The problem with that is that you are still allowing diet culture to have a hold on you and influence your decisions! If you want the doughnut, then go for it, but that's just the thing – you need to decide if you want it! Focus less on diet culture and more on you!
I also talk about entitlement eating and what that is (hint: if you're rebelling against diet culture rather than working to heal from it, then you're probably doing it!) as well as how we in The SociEATy work on building a suit of armor over time. I encourage you to reflect on your triggers and to ask yourself why something is triggering you. Is there some kind of healing that still needs to be done? I close by offering three helpful tips, beginning with asking yourself whether or not you're still abiding by food rules. A food rule is a food rule, guys, even if it's a food rule that is meant to rebel against diet culture.
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[1:28] – This episode's main topic is the difference between ditching diet culture and healing from it.
[3:40] – Colleen encourages us to think less about diet culture and more about what we want.
[5:48] – Colleen reads something from The Intuitive Eating Workbook about entitlement eating.
[8:20] – Colleen reminds us to reflect on what we eat and how it makes us feel.
[10:20] – We are reminded that we build a suit of armor against diet culture over time.
[12:11] – Colleen gives examples of true healing as opposed to ditching.
[16:27] – We hear Colleen share a real-life story in relation to our triggers.
[19:35] – We are encouraged to ask ourselves if we're still following food rules.
[21:27] – Colleen discusses how some people see intuitive eating as a joy ride.
[23:04] – Colleen's final tip is to tune in to how our bodies feel.
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