Ready to ditch diets for good? My weekly QUIT YOUR DIET newsletter is a great way to learn more about intuitive eating, body-positive wellness, eating disorder recovery, and how to finally stop obsessing about food. Here are some things I’ve covered in previous 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.
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.
You’ve probably tried some kind of diet, detox, or restrictive “meal plan” in the past. (Who hasn’t!? I have! Again, that’s just what diet culture tells us to do!) How did you feel while you were doing it? Maybe there were some good parts; you may have slept well, or felt energized, or whatever. But there were probably some downsides, too. Maybe you found yourself thinking about food all the time. Or, maybe you dreamt about the foods you “weren’t allowed” to eat. Perhaps you were very hungry. Only you know the answer to this, because only you experienced it.
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.
Why read the Quit Your Diet newsletter?
Simply put: Diets are everywhere. My newsletter is a weekly reminder that you don’t need them, and that it IS possible to quit your diet and live well in the body you have.
Every issue encourages you to abandon food rules and question what you know about wellness. It’s nothing too heavy, but you’ll walk away with something to think about. The bottom line, always, is that true wellness should never feel like punishment.
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