Intuitive Eating Principle 1: How to Reject the Diet Mentality

Intuitive eating can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and illusive concept that is thrown around like a hypothetical answer to all your food issues.

But it’s real. It isn’t a myth.

You really can just listen to your body and eat what it tells you to eat without eating too much, or too little.

Sound too good to be true?

I thought so, too, until something clicked and I realized that I wasn’t ever thinking about food anymore and my body was completely neutral to food. You can get there, too, my friend.

There are 10 intuitive eating principles, and I’ll do a series on how to approach each one individually.

So, intuitive eating principle number 1:

How to Reject the Diet Mentality

Recognize what diet culture/mentality is.

Juice/toxin cleanses. Calorie/macro/point counting. Pills/supplements/laxatives. Any form of restriction of entire food/macronutrient groups. Before and after pictures of weight loss. BMI numbers and “healthy” weights for certain types of people. The entire movement to lose weight in January when every normal human body will gain weight at the height of winter for biological survival.

Basically the entire “wellness” industry exists to play off of your insecurities and imperfections so that you spend an unreasonable amount of money and energy to fix yourself.

Society has completely normalized the obsession and idolization (for lack of even stronger terms) of “health” and weight and size.

You’re surrounded by it. Without even noticing it you are consumed by the messaging that you aren’t healthy if you aren’t exhausting yourself trying to be. Start recognizing it for what it is. Really good marketing to steal your money.

Eliminate that message from your daily influence as best as you can.

If you have fallen victim to diet culture (like everyone else) then you need to do whatever you can to eliminate that messaging from your daily life.

Unfollow “fitspiration” accounts that post their workouts/nutrition supplements/ and try to sell their new “best system to lose weight…” And the people who constantly post before/after pictures to show off all the weight they supposedly lost on that really expensive product they are trying to sell.

Unsubscribe from emails that tell you that there’s a sale on the newest ways to lose your unwanted weight.

Report all those Facebook advertisements that tell you about all the protein supplements and juice cleanses you need to lose your fat.

Unfriend/unfollow your long, lost friend that recently joined a network marketing business model that tries to convince you that the next juice cleanse/pill/supplement/ or whatever else they are trying to sell you is going to help you lose 30lbs in the next 30 days.

This doesn’t necessarily have to be the permanent solution- especially if some of those long, lost friends are actually friends. But it’s helpful to fight diet mentality and create a healthy perspective for yourself in the beginning.

Educate yourself on how harmful dieting actually is to the human body.

Did you know that there is actually a butt-ton of research coming out that is saying that dieting is really harmful to the human body’s functions?

Dieting is the number one cause of binge eating.

Restricting food causes the body’s instincts to kick in gear. Your biological body doesn’t connect to your head. It just knows that its hungry and starving, and your brain will try and protect the body by hyperfocusing on food, hunger, and the next meal.

Do you wonder why you can’t stop thinking about food? How about why you can’t stop eating at the potluck like the rest of your friends can? Are you curious why you’ve lost all self-control around food?

It’s because you’re on a diet. The diet causes you to ultimately overeat, binge, purge, hyperfocus on food- everything that you don’t want to do around food in the first place.

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Commit to a journey towards balanced health, and reject any messaging (from yourself, or society) that a diet is the best way to find health.

You don’t need a diet to be healthy. I promise you.
Actually. I would argue that you need to not diet to be healthy.

I was convinced for years that if I wasn’t purposefully trying to lose weight, then I would gain it all. Constant eight fluctuation was all I had ever experienced. I had no idea that my body could sit at a normal weight. You can too!

This intuitive eating principle is about committing to fighting the diet culture and mentality that surrounds you, and instead, fight for balance and better health over all.

After practice and time, training your body to eat intuitively will ultimately lead you away from binging and purging behaviors. You gain back your self-control and you’ll never be afraid of a potluck again.

It is possible. Join me in this series and learn some practical steps towards learning to practice each intuitive eating principle!

Intuitive Eating Principle 1: How to Reject the Diet Mentality

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