Weekly(ish) advice for anyone who wants to end food guilt and body shame.
Half the time I’m talking about how to make peace with food and your body. The other half, I’m ranting about the wellness influencers, weight loss “experts,” and diet companies that are constantly preying on your insecurities and vying for your attention.
Some people call me cynical — really, I’m just being honest.
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Thank you!!!!!!!! What a great newsletter! This will be my new year’s resolution starting today: giving up dieting and the pursuit of weight loss… I really appreciate your positive outlook and encouraging words.
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There’s also a paid community option that’s even better.
I started the Quit Your Diet Community because many of my clients and newsletter readers needed a safe space to learn about (and talk about) intuitive eating, body acceptance, and Health at Every Size®. Inside, there are dozens articles, monthly live workshops, and ongoing support from myself and other members.
Want to read it first? These posts come from past issues.
Why? Because the whole point of intuitive eating is to stop using food as a way to change your body. To separate food from weight (more on that later.) Intuitive eating means making food choices based on your own physical cues and cravings. That’s not really possible when you’re trying to lose weight. Why? Because a voice in the back of your head will always be subtly encouraging you to eat less, choose the lower-calorie option, or forgo certain foods.
Noom is a popular “wellness” app that aggressively markets itself as anti-diet, while also marketing itself as a great way to lose weight. If you’ve been tricked into signing up, you probably know that once you’re inside, it’s nothing more than an expensive calorie tracker with silly “lessons” and an extremely disordered perspective.
You can’t force others to think the way you do—that’s inappropriate and ineffective. What you can do is lead by example by not engaging in diet talk. Or, you can set boundaries by telling people you aren’t comfortable talking about diets or bodies with them.
Don’t fall for anything that claims to be “intuitive” while also telling you to eat a certain way. Or, that tells your to avoid certain foods, or second-guess your own needs. That’s not intuitive, and it never will be.
Scroll through the #intuitiveeating tag on Instagram and you’d think intuitive eating is just for thin people. It’s filled with thin, white women posting about food freedom and eating donuts. Many of these thin women are the dietitians who talk about intuitive eating and body acceptance for all. But is that really what they’re showcasing? It’s a complicated problem.
I’m Christine Byrne (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN, an anti-diet dietitian nutritionist and longtime nutrition journalist based in Raleigh, NC.
I help adults break free from orthorexia, an unhealthy obsession with “healthy” eating.
That’s really what Quit Your Diet is about — unlearning bad “wellness” advice and figuring out a better way to care for yourself.
I take an anti-diet, Health at Every Size®-aligned approach. That means I never encourage weight loss, and I talk a LOT about body acceptance and learning to respect your body without policing it.