My relationship with food in a nutshell:
Diet, diet, diet, anorexia, recovery, diet, diet, binging, diet…
You get the point.
Obviously, a whole lot happened in between those commas, but my story is not unique. Way too many women have lived a similar narrative. For most of us, this diet mindset started when we were really young. Growing up, I thought this was normal. I believed that I was supposed to be on a diet at all times, as if it were just a part of being female. I know better now, but this belief established a foundation in my life that has been difficult to overcome.
The thing is, I don’t want this to be any other little girl’s story. I also don’t want it to continue being yours. Just because it is your past, and maybe even your present, doesn’t mean it has to be your future.
So, how do we change it? By being who we are instead of trying to live up to who we think we should be. That’s what I mean when I say that Diet Confessionals is the non-diet approach to life. It’s about learning to be comfortable in your own skin and knowing deep down that you are enough.
The best way for us to affect the younger generation in a positive way is to change the way we treat ourselves and one another. Our own individual changes will create a snowball effect, inspiring others to change as well.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t aspects of our lives we want to improve on. We can still want to lose weight or make more money or whatever it is you want to accomplish. It just means that our intention behind those desires comes from a place of love instead of a place of unworthiness.
When we start focusing less on how we measure up to others and more on how we feel holistically, the how-to stuff (how to lose weight, how to make more money, etc.) falls into place.