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Rejecting Diet Mentality

It’s the end of January, meaning some of you may not be loving how your body looks and making critical comments about your body.

Many of us want to find a quick fix for the “damage” done during the holidays. The guilt and shame is very real. Let’s talk about how to heal your relationship with food.

How can we reject the diet mentality and correct the damage it causes to our mental health? We know that 95% of diets do not work and keep people stuck in a cycle of feeling like a failure.

We are obsessed with the size of our bodies and the bodies around us. In our western society people are often complimented for losing weight even if they didn’t want to lose it. People ask what “diet” we are on if we appear smaller. Exercise is used as a punishment for what we have eaten.

This toxic culture is everywhere. Many of us play a comparison game. People are often never happy with how they look. Sadly, many spend their entire lives wishing they looked different, wishing they took up less space in the world. What we eat and how much we move takes over our thoughts.

Most of the body shapes presented in the media are not realistic nor are they a TRUE indicator of happiness (regardless of what diet culture tries to tell you).

Thinness does not equal happiness, at least not for long. Dieting forces us into all or nothing thinking. Who you are as a person has nothing to do with what you have eaten. There are no morally good or bad foods. Trying to rely on “willpower” only leads people to eat more and feel worse about themselves.

Think about the lost time you have spent thinking about this and the size of your body. Do you want 2023 to be different?

It is possible to heal your relationship with food.

If you need help with your mindset and making peace with food and most importantly changing how you evaluate yourself, please reach out.

~ Laura

We're here if you want to talk :) Take the first step and call us for an appointment ...(506) 651-1239

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