Detox from Diet Culture

3 Steps to Detox from Diet Culture

As a non-diet dietitian, I don’t recommend restrictive food detoxes. However, I do help my clients detox from diet culture. Are you ready to say goodbye to harmful messages that trigger food guilt and promote body dissatisfaction? If yes, here’s why you need to take these 3 steps to detox from diet culture. 

Detox from Diet Culture

What is Diet Culture? 

Diet culture is a system of beliefs that praises thinness and values weight, shape, and size over health and well-being. Also, this belief system:

  • Promotes weight loss as a means of attaining higher status
  • Labels certain foods as “good” and other foods as “bad”, linking food choices to moral virtue 
  • Perpetuates fatphobia and fuels eating disorders 

Diet culture goes beyond being on a diet. It’s the messaging that promotes diets, worships thinness, and stigmatizes larger bodies. Ultimately, these harmful messages lead to body dissatisfaction and trigger food fear. 

3 Steps to Detox from Diet Culture 

Start today by taking these 3 steps to separate yourself from diet culture and redefine wellness.

1. Define Health On Your Own Terms. 

First of all, you don’t need to eat or move the same as your best friend. You don’t need to put yourself in a box of “this is what I should be doing to get skinny.” Instead, empower yourself to create your own definition of health. Consider:

  • What does health look like to you outside of weight? 
  • How do you feel when you embody a healthy and vibrant version of yourself? 
  • In what ways do you take care of yourself? 
  • How can you start showing up as a healthier you? 

Your answers will start forming a vision of health that aligns with your values and unique perspective. 

2. Clean Social Media Feeds. 

Next, check if your social media feeds reflect back your definition of health. 

  • Does the information that you consume online help or hinder your progress towards your unique health goals? 
  • Is it in alignment with your values? 
  • Do you see images that inspire you? 
  • Do the captions educate or encourage you on your health journey? 

When a social media post triggers comparison thinking, hit unfollow or mute. If it makes you think less of your body, hit unfollow or mute. Are you starting to see the trend? 

For instance, I love when my social media feed reflects back women of all body sizes, shapes, and color. I love seeing inspirational quotes and witty messages that challenge diet culture. This reminds me that health doesn’t have a “look” and it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

3. Follow Leaders in the Non-Diet Space. 

After that, follow inspiring accounts. Diversify the content you consume by adding more voices from the non-diet space. Here are a few of my favorite thought leaders in the Intuitive Eating, HAES, and non-diet space (including therapists, dietitians, and activists):

I know I am missing people here. What accounts do you love following for body positivity and inclusive wellness? Comment below so we can keep growing this list!

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