If you’re working on becoming an Intuitive Eater, or if you’re familiar with the principles, you’re probably aware that emotional eating is not an inherently bad thing or something to overly concern yourself about trying to stop. Eating with emotion or in response to emotion is a fully human experience. However, you may be wondering, isn’t it bad if I’ve been eating emotionally every day since March 2020 and it doesn’t seem to be getting better now that it’s 2021?
One of the misconceptions about anti-diet dietitians is that we dislike all diets and all people who diet. This, of course is just not true. Being anti-diet is being anti- diet culture and anti- oppression of people who feel the only way they can be accepted in society is to punish their bodies endlessly with restrictive diets.
Expensive water which claims to solve all of your problems? Probably a good idea to pass on that!
Weight stigma, which is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s weight hurts everyone, not just people in larger bodies.
As someone who’s long ago left the world of dieting and disordered eating behind, I’m still shocked every time I hear references to dieting. It’s all around me everywhere I go. At the doctor, at work, at the grocery store, at the gym, at home, and on my social media feed. At this point, it’s truly impossible to avoid diet culture. Since it can be so easy to be sucked back into diet culture, especially in the beginning, let’s explore some ways to challenge the culture so you can remain a non-dieter, intuitive eater, and lover of self.
Common scenario: you’re getting ready for the day and you’ve got a cute top on, but when you go to slip on your pants, you can barely button them up. They may be cutting into your waist, unable to close, and just plain too tight. Regardless of where you are with your body image, this moment of being too expansive for your clothing can set off internal panic. You wonder what happened between this moment and the last time you wore these pants? Did you expand that much in one week? Why do you still even care about these things? One simple trigger has the potential to ruin your whole day if you let it.