Looking for inspiration on your food freedom journey? Look no further! Here are 7 quotes to inspire you to keep going because your work to improve your relationship with food is SO worth it.
Food Freedom Quotes
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, inspiration is an inspiring agent or influence. It comes from the Latin inspiratus; the past principal of inspirare, which means “to breathe into.”
When I gathered these food freedom quotes, that’s exactly what I felt – a breath of fresh air. These quotes serve as a means of viewing food and your body from a fresh perspective. It’s a perspective that challenges the traditional diet culture lens.
What if instead of criticizing your body, you focused on caring for it?
What if instead of focusing on shrinking your body, you focused on expanding your potential?
These are the very questions that helped me shift my perspective from diet mentality to food freedom. Now, I am fortunate to help other women do the same. It’s an honor to witness women breaking free from diets & stepping into the abundance of self-trust, body confidence, and food freedom!
7 Quotes to Inspire You on Your Journey
1 – “If dieting is stressful, is that really healthy?”
We can all nod our heads in agreement that chronic stress is bad for our health. But what about daily stressors? Can minor hassles have a negative long-term negative effect on our health? The short answer is yes.
A study in the National Library of Medicine revealed that minor stressors can increase cortisol, interfere with sleep, and negatively impact the immune system.
I don’t know about you, but I would categorize worrying, calculating, and second-guessing food choices as daily stressors. If your current diet has you doing any of these things, this is your reminder that letting go of diet mentality is in fact healthy.
2 – “Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush.” – Glennon Doyle
Round of applause for Glennon Doyle! Her writing cuts through diet culture noise. Instead of focusing on what your body looks like, can you focus on what it does for you?
3 – “Instead of…‘diet starts Monday,’ try…‘food freedom begins today.’”
I wrote an entire blog post on how to STOP Starting Over on Monday. It’s a harmful mentality that keeps one stuck in the extremes. Imagine what a Monday without dieting would look and feel like to you.
4 – “Here’s the beautiful truth: You do not have to go to extremes to be healthy.” – Rebecca Scritchfield, RD
This quote comes from the book Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield. This book focuses on self-care versus self-control. The message is that you CAN take care of your body, without extreme diets or restrictions.
5 – “Have you ever taken a photo of a sunset and thought…it looks so much better in real life. Remember that when looking at photos of yourself.”
Photos don’t capture your beauty. Photos change based on the light, angle, filter, etc. Take this as a reminder to stop comparing yourself to old photos. You are SO MUCH MORE than a photo.
6 – “Self-compassion is a greater motivator than self-criticism will ever be.”
This quote was inspired by Dr. Kristin Neff and her research on self-compassion. Too often, we tell ourselves that if we stop criticizing ourselves, we’ll stop achieving. But the opposite is true. When we drop self-criticism, we make room for self-compassion. The voice of self-compassion is like a supportive friend, motivating you to accomplish your goals while also making room for your humanness.
7 – “You know what’s healthier than kale? A healthy relationship with food.
As a dietitian, I’m often asked, “what’s the best food I can eat for (insert health goal)?” My response: no single food is a magic pill. In fact, a variety of foods is key for meeting our nutrient needs. What’s even better is a healthy relationship with food first.
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