I thought of my body as a collection of limbs and organs that happened to be connected to the person I took myself to be. It was like owning a three-story house and living in the attic for sixty-four years. – Geneen Roth
Do you remember a time, when you were very little, when you were comfortable in your skin? Free, peaceful, energetic, rearing to go… before diets, rules, obsessions, judgements, self-hatred and shame kicked in?
Yo-yo dieting makes life calorie-sized
We are pushed by our culture, the diet industry, even schools (don’t get me started), into endless loops of dieting. We spend precious time and energy trying to pretzel ourselves into culture’s beauty ideals, filled with self-consciousness and shame, putting a hold on living fully.
The good news is that there is a wave of change rippling through the world of health and well being.
Dive in, the water’s warm!
The non-diet approach is compassionate, intuitive, sustainable and joyful. It offers a way to start taking REAL care of yourself – from now. Today.
A few resources if you’d like to learn more
- The Moderation Movement takes a non-diet and gentle approach to exercise. Do look them up. Their resources are practical, clear and inspiring.
- If you want your children to grow up free of guilty eating and body shame, you can’t go wrong by starting with a visit to Emma Wright’s website.
- You might be interested in this series on mindful walking, here.
- Sarah Harry and Fiona Sutherland founded Body Positive Australia, where you can find resources such as online yoga classes, retreats, therapy options and so on. Fiona has an excellent podcast for dieticians, which I think everyone should listen to if the non-diet approach interests them!
- For the nutritional side of well being, I refer my clients to non-diet dieticians such as Rhea Bergmann, here in Adelaide.
Books I recommend include these,
- “Intuitive eating” by Tribole & Resch (second edition)
- “If not dieting, then what” by Dr Rick Kausman
- “Embody: learning to love your unique body (and quiet that critical voice!)” by Connie Sobczak
- “The joy of movement” by Kelly McGonigal
An important note
This work, at least in the way that I do it, is not appropriate for you if you have an active eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. If you need help with these, please speak to your GP, or visit Butterfly for help-lines and resources. In Adelaide, Flinders University offers excellent support and therapy for people struggling with eating disorders.