A quick weekend reminder that eating food is not cheating. Cheat days and cheat meals don’t have to be a thing anymore when all foods are legalized and when you’re no longer dieting.
No one diets for no reason. We do not wake up one day and decide to starve ourselves or restrict foods we normally enjoy. We diet for many different reasons. We may be trying to change our body because we’ve learned we’re not good as we are, we may think we’re going to treat or cure a disease, we may be coping with stress, or any other number of reasons.
The non-diet, Health at Every Size message may say that you don’t need to change your body to be happy or healthy, but wanting to change your body isn’t wrong. It isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean you’re vain or have the wrong priorities. It’s completely normal at times to want to change your body. You may want to lose weight, have a smaller nose, bigger butt or breasts, bigger biceps, more chiseled abs, tanner skin, lighter hair, etc. etc.
We’ve all seen the articles and posts preaching how to get a flat stomach overnight in preparation for the beach/pool the next day. Listing all the “detoxing” foods and beverages you should consume and all the “bad” bloat-inducing foods and beverages you should avoid. Have you done exactly what was recommended and still spent the next day self consciously sucking in your stomach, wearing shirts or cover-ups, posing in certain ways to make yourself look slimmer, or simply not going out at all?
Cauliflower, a vegetable I don’t remember eating until I was in my 20’s, can now be used as a substitute for just about anything. It can be used as pizza crust, gnocchi, rice, bread, mashed potato substitute, steak, and so much more. Cauliflower is popular as a substitute because it’s lower in carbohydrates than the original food items and contains additional vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
You are not a burden for reaching out for support when you need it. You are not weak for having needs you cannot meet yourself.
You are human and humans require connection.
If you’re struggling, reach out to friends, family, therapists, dietitians, clergy, strangers on the internet, or helplines. You don’t have to be in a crisis to get the help you deserve.