3 Truths That Freed Me from Diet Culture

I knew diet culture was hurting my health, but I didn’t know what else to do. I just remember feeling so stuck. Part of me was ready to walk away from the significant amount of effort and brain space it took to micromanage my food and sustain my fat loss. While the other side of me was scared of losing control and gaining weight.

But then I realized these 3 truths that freed me from diet culture for good.

1. I was out of control on a diet.

As a Type-A personality, dieting always made me feel like I was in control. But then I realized, I wasn’t in control at all. I was allowing external factors like MyFitnessPal, diet rules, body goals and food to control me.

I let my intermittent fasting “eating window” determine when I ate.

I let whatever diet/lifestyle plan I was following to determine what I ate.

I let MyFitnessPal determine if I could eat more.

I had no control at all! Food was completely in control of me. I didn’t experience actual food freedom until I learned this truth and freed myself from diet culture.

2. God gave me intuition.

Pursuing thinness to meet society’s standard of beauty isn’t what God wants from me. I was basically telling Him the body He gave me wasn’t good enough. He meant me to be so much more than a body on a diet.

Now I can’t imagine “intuition” any other way than as an extension of the Holy Spirit. Dieting is a very worldly approach to health and it does not serve me; nor glorify the amazing body God gave me.

3. I need to feel my best to give my best.

My value and worth comes from who I am as a human. I need actual good health and balanced wellness to be the best version of me.

Dieting was destroying my mental health, emotional health, social health, and yes, my physical health. My priority on micromanaging my food came at the cost of my wellness.

Now it’s time for you to get out of the rut, friend, and I wrote Gain Wellness specifically to help you do it. I spent way too long stuck there myself and I want to prevent you from experiencing that same frustration. The Gain Wellness 35-Day Self-Guided Workbook will help you ditch diet culture and begin the journey to healing your relationship with food, fitness and body image. Purchase your copy today!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an anti-diet nutritionist at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps chronic dieters heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image by ditching diet culture and finding freedom in their God-given intuition. Focusing on behavioral change and Intuitive Eating, Meridith helps her clients unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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