If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’re already aware that I don’t believe in fad diets. Diet, in my opinion, is a short-lived, restrictive term that encourages a disordered interaction with food and the body rather than being kind and nurturing. Diet culture has unfortunately been entrenched in our lives and has become a cultural practise.
Dieting is everywhere, whether it’s the newest celebrity diet doing the rounds of magazines, the latest fast fix fitness regimen, or a new “superfood” to help us drop weight. I despise how the media almost never goes against the mainstream and uses their strong platform to advocate for ditching the food mentality and learning to love your body.
I’m passionate about encouraging people to be kind to themselves and embrace their bodies now, rather than waiting 10 pounds longer. It’s not surprising that women believe that taking up less space on this planet would make them feel great for themselves right away – we’ve been socialised to believe this. Losing weight, on the other hand, isn’t the holy grail.
Despite the fact that millions of people have achieved their magical target weight, their hearts continue to fall. Being healthy is about more than what you consume or how much weight you lose; it’s all about your attitude, which the diet community ignores.
As you can obviously see, I despise the diet community for a variety of reasons, one of which is because it takes the fun out of food. Food is meant to be consumed, to nourish both the body and your spirit. Instead, we’re advised to eliminate anything we like eating and replace it with a bland diet that we despise. Furthermore, it encourages one to scrutinise our meal, dissect it, and doubt any morsel that passes our lips, which is an unnatural path to take.
Also, I’d like to emphasise that if losing weight is your dream, then by all means, go for it! There’s nothing wrong with losing weight as long as it’s motivated by passion.
However, whether it’s fueled by harmful self-talk, hatred for your body, and the belief that losing weight would make you feel better about yourself, I believe some focus on self-love and realising your value is necessary. If you enjoy yourself, you will experience true magic! This is the point at which you begin to feel that you are deserving of great things and begin to take better care of yourself.
Diet mentality ignores self-love, focusing more on what you can remove from your daily routine rather than what you can add to your existence to offer more abundance and satisfaction. Let’s face it, you just get one body in this lifetime, so you may as well enjoy it, particularly because you deserve it!
Today, I’m digging deep and sharing my top tips for moving away from the food culture mindset and embracing a more healthy existence, which has made me show up in my life healthier, more optimistic, more forgiving to my body. It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of work, but like anything worth doing, it’s well worth the effort!