Its a new year, which is perfect timing for some beautifully marketed eating plans that pretend they aren’t diets but actually totally are. Examples include: Whole30, Paleo, The Ketogenic Diet, “Clean Eating”, No Added Sugar/Sugar Detox (I call this the no added fun diet), and of course the OG diet, the Juice Cleanse. Although really attractive and socially acceptable, the one thing these all have in common is restriction, which inevitably leads to binging or feelings of deprivation, both really yucky feelings. We don’t need that kind of negativity in 2018.
On this crazy journey of life and in my education journey I have grown an immense passion for the non-diet approach to nutrition counseling and I applaud the thought leaders who are speaking to this on social media, in their practices, and generating oodles of research on the subject. I’m not an expert on the non-diet approach yet because, well, I’m not an RD yet, I’m still learning by reading research and books, watching seminars, and living my life intuitively so I can be an example. So instead of me trying to tell you about all of this stuff I’ve rounded up some great resources for you to take a gander at if you feel called to do so to start your new year with less restriction and more acceptance and grace.
- Yes buzzfeed, yes.
This article has 13 expert opinions weighing in on why diet’s simply don’t work.
All points are made by Registered Dietitians who counsel from the HAES and non-diet/intuitive eating approach which is really cool. I will always and forever vouch for my future colleagues because becoming an RD is hard, we don’t get that much respect compared to other health care providers, and to have practices so successful that you make it on buzzfeed where millions of people have exposure to these ideas is freaking cool.
For the time being I’m going to leave it there with just RDs/health professionals as the writers because I thought they did a wonderful job.
The next thing are a few screen shots from Meme who rounded up some body positive/non-diet RDs/ foodies/health care professionals on Instagram. I think surrounding yourself with positivity on instagram can be one of the most helpful things we can do for our self esteem and our mind. When I first started constancelyeating I followed everyone and anyone on instagram and I got so freaking confused. It only deepened the gap between what I learned in school vs. what I saw on instagram vs. what I was trying to compile into my syllabus to teach vs. what I was living myself and a big part of that was because my instagram was so all over the place.
Also, Robyn compiled a wonderful blog post about creating a non-diet bubble for yourself. Check it out!
I hope this was helpful and let us remember what Andy Gramer said in his song Grow:
You gotta grow
Love yourself and be kind, water your soul
Celebrate, find your light
It don’t matter who you are, where you’re going, you’re not old
We all know, yeah, we all know
It’s super catchy and really positive. Let 2018 be another year of growth!