I love this so much. Thank you @themindfuldietitian
Shifting from diet, to non diet mentality is not simply about "changing or reframing your thoughts." Yes, this may be part of it, but moving away from diet culture invites us to build specific skills, many of which may feel new, and tricky. When we rely on the "cognitive" (thinking your way through the mess), we can become frustrated, wondering "why are things not changing for me?" I'm reading the books, listening to podcasts, I understand what I'm "meant" to be thinking and believing but ARGH my miiiind!!!! And yes, welcome to being a human in diet culture. The truth is, for many people, relying on cognitive skills is simple not enough. Even changing behaviours might not lead to extended healing which can feel really frustrating. But there's a reason for it. We need skills which support us to navigate diet world to non diet world, which invite us to courageously connect with what's most important & how we want our relationships with food, eating and our bodies to be. Skills such as mindfulness, self compassion, body trust & connectedness, values. These skills - which are not only "doing" but also "BEING" skills - are often unique to you and your story/experience and aim to strongly support a framework for healing. Often, these skills are built within a supportive environment (which may be therapy, or may be therapeutic such as movement classes, art, dance or more). Here are some examples - Mindfulness, self compassion and embodied awareness invite us to become more familiar and curious about our experiences rather than attaching, avoiding or numbing (using food, or food restriction, amongst other behaviours). Feeding yourself becomes more about nourishment & less about changing you body. Movement becomes more about strength, flexibility, fitness or joy rather than "earn or burn." Eating socially becomes an opportunity for connection and values-based living rather than a giant guilt-fest... 💜 it's a journey of reconnection - to yourself, your body & the world.