Unless you have been living under a rock for the past forty years or so, you are aware of all the rules surrounding food and how we ‘should’ be eating.

Some common food rules over the years have included:

  • It’s bad to eat late at night.
  • Processed and packaged foods are bad.
  • Don’t eat white foods (Rice, sugar, bread, pasta. You can thank our beloved Oprah for this one, but as she also says: “when you know better, you do better.”  I can confidently say she’s long ago ditched this one)
  • Carbs are evil.
  • Fat is evil.
  • Non-organic is evil.

I could go on all day, but I think that is enough of an illustration. You get the point.

This won’t even be a discussion of how dramatically the rules have changed over the years, or even how they can swing dramatically in a matter of months. We won’t discuss that because we all already know: diets don’t work.

Instead, today I’d like to just take a moment and share with you what I really think you need to know, right now:

Any food rules, of any kind, are a part of diet culture.

What Everyone Needs to Know About Food Rules

In case you’re not familiar with the term, I am thrilled to introduce it to you, because shedding diet culture will change your relationship with food, movement, and your body- in all positive ways!

So what is diet culture?

Diet culture is simply the belief that there is an ideal body shape and size, and those who aren’t at that shape and size should desire to be so, and do what it takes to get there.

Diet culture involves restricting calories, labeling foods as good and bad, labeling bodies as good and bad, and labeling behaviors as good and bad.

Any food rules of any sort- from categories like “eat mostly” and “eat less often” is diet culture.

Here’s one important point however: yes, different foods have different nutrients.

I am not about to say that all foods fuel and energize your body in the same way. They don’t! Some foods (proteins, fats, fiber) are going to give you more sustained energy. Other foods (Mike and Ike’s, Ruffles, soda) may not give you the same sustained energy, or the vitamins and minerals of fruit or veggies.

Our job is to not label any foods as good or bad, but to learn how all foods fit with how we want to feel in our bodies.

Those who truly eat intuitively and are connected to their bodies often do choose more nutrient-dense foods that give them energy, more of the time.
But that is because when you are truly connected to your body, you will discover that it will give you little hints about what it wants. And yes, often nutrient-dense and energy-dense foods make you feel good. 
And sometimes eating Oreos feels good. Amiright?

Our mission is to push back against diet culture out of a desire to embrace caring for our bodies in a loving, nurturing way.

So. How do you reject food rules and diet culture?
1. Pay attention to the language you hear. Pay attention to the message you send yourself.
 2. Gently and lovingly strive to feed and fuel your body in the way that is nurturing and loving.

You won’t be perfect. But if body peace and lifelong physical and mental health are your goal, this is going to be how you achieve it.

The practice of becoming mindful of diet culture and turning away from it in the name of your own mental health and long term physical health: it’s a mission that you deserve to pursue. 

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