May 6 is International No Diet Day; a day that aims raise awareness of the dangers of diet culture. It asks people to question just how helpful the pursuit of weight loss really is and why our culture is so fixated on the idea that there is only one ‘right’ body shape, or that our success, attractiveness, personality, happiness, self-worth and health is measured by an arbitrary number on the scales.
It is not all negative though! International No Diet Day is also dedicated to celebrating body acceptance and body diversity and encouraging positive relationships with food and our bodies.
What’s for eats? is a space where challenging diet culture, embracing all bodies and encouraging peaceful relationships with food happens every day. Understandably though for a lot of people, moving away from dieting, wanting to lose weight, food restriction and excessive exercise can be a challenge.
So, for just one day, I invite you to take some time to reflect on what is working for you and what isn’t when it comes to your eating, how you feel about your body and your approach to health.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas…
Ideas to get involved with International No Diet Day
Information is power
Here are just a few articles talking more about diet culture and the alternative – Intuitive Eating and the Non-Diet Approach:
- What is the difference between the traditional ‘diet’ approach to health, versus the Non-Diet Approach?
- There are some well-held beliefs about why we should keep pursuing weight loss or restrictive behaviours to maintain weight in the name of health. But in reality, these are just myths holding you back from food freedom
- Understand more about how we are living in a world obsessed with weight
- Understand those thoughts and behaviours that are Diets in Disguise
- What IS Mindful Eating? And more importantly what isn’t it!
You don’t just have to take my word for it. NOT dieting and body acceptance is not a crazy made up philosophy of mine. There are currently over 75 scientific studies that have researched Intuitive Eating. Here is a bibliography of them: Intuitive Eating Studies.
Maybe you are a more action focussed person? Here are some ideas of things you can DO to take part in International No Diet Day.
- Still one of my favourite resources is this video from Fiona Sutherland of Body Positive Australia guiding you through One Mindful Bite
- Detox your social media feeds. I talk more about how to do that over in this post about why I post so many food photos on Instagram
- Take my FREE quiz to find out what your eating style is and how it influences your food choices and relationship to food
- Take the day off from thinking about food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’, or as food you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat.
- Put the scales away for the day and see what happens when you don’t let the number on them determine your mood for the day
- Do something to move your body just for the fun of it, rather than to burn off brunch
Will you join me and declare a day free from diets on International No Diet Day?
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