The Holidays and Rejecting the Diet Mentality
This blog post coming at you from Washington D.C.! I've been here all week for a work conference and I'm excited to be heading home later today. Lot's of learning but so exhausting. We've officially made it to November! So that means it's acceptable to start getting into holiday mode, right?? I think yes. I've always loved this time of year. You get to see extended family, friends and have a nice break from the usual routine of work or school. Such a nice way to wrap up the year.
This can also be the beginning of a stressful time of year, especially if you're stuck in a cycle of dieting. Most family get-togethers revolve around food and meals. Many articles you'll see on social media focus on how you can survive the holiday's and all the food "temptations." Since our society as a whole is still participating in diet culture, it would make sense that most of the "tips" out there include a rule book on how to attend a holiday party and still stick to your diet.
But what if we started to do things differently this year? What if we didn't worry about the food at the party? What if we didn't have to bring our own raw veggies to snack on just in case there's nothing "healthy" there? What if we could just enjoy the season for what it is? What if food was the last thing that caused us any anxiety this year? What would that be like?
Guys, change is hard. I know that firsthand. But what if we could take one step in the right direction?
What's that first step? Reject the diet mentality. We need to make the decision to be done with the diets. Even the sneaky ones like paleo, "clean" eating, Whole 30, etc. A diet is a diet is a diet. Restrictive eating, rules and rigidity=a diet. Think about how things have worked out for you in the past when dieting. Maybe the first one went well, then it was a struggle from there on out. Get rid of the idea that life will be sooo much better if you stick to "the plan" over the holiday's this year. Wouldn't life actually be better if you spend quality time with loved ones, practice gratitude for all that you have, and give to those who have less? None of those things involve sticking to a diet.
If you've been following me for any amount of time, you've likely seen me recommend the book Intuitive Eating. It's a gold mine of information. The authors suggest that rejecting the diet mentality is the first step toward intuitive eating and finding freedom from food anxiety and stress. I couldn't agree more. This step is crucial if you're trying to heal your relationship with food. I think that the holiday's are the perfect time to do just that.
I want to encourage you to take that step today. Start your journey towards intuitive eating, accepting yourself and knowing your worth, outside of physical appearance. There's so much more to life than striving for an unnecessary perfection. But we have to start somewhere. So start here. Really think about what dieting and restriction has given you over the years. Has it been worth it? If not, let's start moving towards something else.
Please reach out to me if you'd like additional guidance and to find out what the next steps would be. I'm more than happy to help! Email, message me, check out the services page, anything! Just know you don't have to do it alone.
Have a great weekend, friends!