We live in a society that has an eating disorder. We are constantly given the message that we need to restrict or control our food in some way. And the "best" way changes all the time. To top it off, many dieticians/nutritionists have not been trained in eating disorders. If you're on the road to recovery and need some nutritional support, look for a reputable dietician who has training in eating disorders and has been trained in the Health at Every Size approach. [Image description: a quotation that reads "diet culture normalizes disordered eating" on a faded background of a picture of cherries, a croissant and pink flowers]#Repost @chr1styharrison @kristamurias ・・・
I never believed that the way I ate, with rigid rules and restrictions, was disordered, because many of the people I knew were doing the same thing. I believed I was just doing what someone does when they care about their health (and weight). But that’s the insidious nature of diet culture - it’s everywhere, it’s always in our face, so we believe it. It wasn’t until I deliberately walked away from diet culture that I looked back on those behaviors and saw how destructive they were.
From Christy Harrison: “We have a real problem right now in our society with the normalization of disordered eating behaviors. Not only does diet culture push us to try to shrink our bodies in order to meet the beauty ideal and prove our moral worthiness, but it also demonizes certain foods and ways of eating while elevating others, causing mass confusion about nutrition.
“Ignoring, suppressing, or trying to outsmart your hunger cues is not a nourishing practice. Cutting out food groups because some self-styled guru told you that they cause inflammation or intolerance is not a nourishing practice. Counting, weighing, measuring, and anything to do with numbers or “points” are not nourishing practices.”
The alternative? LISTENING to your body instead of depriving it, and not buying in to the message that you’re only worthy or healthy in a smaller body. Dieting is disordered. Period.