Our Diet Culture is Eating Us Alive
THERE IS ANOTHER WAY – A JOYFUL, FLEXIBLE AND NATURAL APPROACH TO HEALTH.
Concerned with your eating habits?
Unhappy with your appearance?
Yes to either of these? You’re not alone! I felt the same way at one time. Food and body thoughts once constantly worried me.
In order to be “healthy,” our culture suggests we idolize thinness, tirelessly chase weight loss, eat the “right” way and be on high alert around food.
The truth? Healthy looks different for everyone because we’re all unique! There are no good or bad foods, and there is no “right” way to eat. We come in all shapes and sizes. And size is not always an indicator of health.
A person in a thin frame isn’t automatically healthy, just as someone in a larger frame isn’t necessarily unhealthy. I know that goes against the grain, but it’s true.
Yes, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We do need to take care of ourselves, but forcing our bodies to fit into the world’s unrealistic standards of health and beauty. No. Just no.
[Oh and our health isn’t just our physical body! Our mental, emotional and spiritual health is equally important.]
Our culture supports dieting because we can’t possibly trust ourselves to eat without rules and strict policing.
And the diet industry is sneaky. They know the word “diet” is old news so they’ve rebranded with phrases like:
“Make a Lifestyle Change”
“Reboot Your Body”
“Boost Your Metabolism”
“Detox Your Body”
New name, same song. Any plan that vilifies foods or food groups and applauds weight loss is a diet.
When we diet, we restrict or limit our food intake. Restricting food stimulates our brain to launch a cascade of cravings to eat more.
Here’s the cycle:
- We have a desire to be thin.
- We diet and lose weight.
- We feel deprived and experience cravings.
- We overeat and maybe binge.
- We regain the weight we initially lost.
- We’re frustrated and feel like failures.
But we’re not failures. Diets fail us. Intentional weight loss fails 90-95% of the time.
You don’t have to spend time and energy dieting and worrying about your body.
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
Nobody should feel pressured to fit our culture’s unattainable and unrealistic health and beauty standards.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2 NLT)
There is another way – one that’s joyful, flexible and natural – an intuitive approach to well being.
- Leaving dieting behind
- Feeling confident in your eating habits
- Eating without guilt or shame
- Moving your body in ways you enjoy
- Feeling at peace with your appearance
- Resting when you need it
Your future is waiting, and you deserve it.
If you’re ready to build a better relationship with food and your body, schedule a free phone call with me to learn more!