- I was interviewed for an article recently, and the journalist asked me, "there is so much going on in the world right now – do you think your messages about ditching diet culture and taking a more intuitive approach to wellness are more relevant than ever?"
- My answer was yes! I am passionate in the belief that movement is for everybody - that everyone should be able to engage in fitness without the shame, or the guilt, or the restriction.
- Unfortunately I've seen a lot of damaging and negative things in the online fitness space at this time - shaming people for comfort eating, for snacking, for eating more than they "should", for not exercising because they are out of their usual routine, for not being "productive" by trying to lose weight. This is what happens under diet culture: it places value on being a certain body size, weight, and shape, it promotes the false notion that health and fitness equates to thinness or a certain “aesthetic” and it oppresses those who don't fit within its “ideal” - whether that’s in relation to body size, weight, health, exercise or eating habits.
I'm so grateful that I've been on this journey over the past year to ditch diet culture.
HERE'S THE THINGS I DON’T MISS ABOUT THAT DIET CULTURE LIFE:
- - Constantly scrutinizing my body and all the negative self-talk that went along with it
- - All the time and energy I spent counting calories
- - Worrying about eating certain foods because it didn’t fit my macros, that it would “waste” the time I spent working out that morning, and I wouldn’t reach my “body goals”
- - Feeling shitty about myself when I worked out because I wasn’t as strong as I thought I should be for a fitspo
Even better, there’s so much I’ve gained!
HERE'S THE THINGS I’VE GAINED FROM DITCHING DIET CULTURE:
- - Self-worth that’s not based on how I look
- - Food freedom - I eat food that pleasures and nourishes my body and my soul
- - Enjoying my workouts for all the benefits moving my body brings me, especially for my mental well-being
- - Headspace to focus on building my business and nurturing my relationships
I’d love to hear where you are on your journey to ditch diet culture! What do you want to leave behind? What do you want to take with you? What’s missing?
Love, Maddy xx