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.
If you’re giving up a food item because you don’t feel you have the “willpower” to do it any other way or if you would have given it up anyway, but Lent is giving you a social excuse to cut out the food- don’t do it!
Ordinarily, of course, I’d say “no” to dieting. Diets don’t work and they make us feel bad about ourselves. But a low FODMAP diet is actually a tool to help you discover what foods might be triggering certain gastrointestinal symptoms. It is not designed to be followed long-term. And it is not a tool for weight loss or weight maintenance.
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.
Healthy eating includes all foods at all times. It’s about eating what you want when you want, while also eating to properly nourish your body. Healthy eating is a form of self care, not self punishment.
You’ve probably heard that improving the quality of your diet can help ease the symptoms of depression. Maybe you’ve tried improving your diet, or maybe that still feels too hard right now. If you’ve already tried medication, therapy, and social support groups for your depression, it may be time to also take a look at improving the quality of your diet to help manage the symptoms of depression, says a new randomized controlled trial from Australia.