I have cookies for lunch today. Yesterday I exercised twice.
It’s safe to say that I’m feeling a little bit out of control. It’s also safe to say that I, like the majority of the world, have some real issues about food, dieting, fat and health. There is so much written on these subjects that it feels really overwhelming. Combine that with changing something so huge about my life as the way I deal with myself, and, well I’m floundering.
So, today I went looking for some inspiration and this is what I came up with.
1. ON DIETING
An Open Apology To All My Weight Loss Clients is a wonderful post to all those women who Iris Higgins worked with whilst she was a weight loss consultant apologising to them for the harm done to them by assisting and in some cases actively teaching them disordered eating behaviours.
This particularly resonated with me because I worry that I’m making a mistake, that I should actively be dieting and trying to lose weight. Hearing from a former “expert” all the many downsides is such a relief. A little more reinforcement that HAES is a good idea can only help.
2. ON NUTRITION
Healthy Eating Diet is a list of really simple, straight-forward ways of getting more nutrition into your diet, including some sensible advice about taking it slow and making small changes initially.
I almost didn’t include this list because, to me, there’s a couple of things on there that speak more toward dieting rather than health; Things like reducing portion sizes, good and bad foods and calorie swapping. But, I’m starting to realise, there’s just no way to talk about nutrition without these sorts of phrases. The focus on habits that are good for us is part of what makes dieting so seductive.
3. ON SELF ACCEPTANCE
Below is a lovely video posted by Regan Chastain at Dances with Fat in response to a terrible advertisement aired here in good old Australia for the Biggest Loser. Its amazing to hear people actually liking themselves, just the way they are, and though I’m not there now, this is how I’d love to feel about myself.