Diet culture can be so pervasive, that even when you are ready to disengage from it, it can find you almost anywhere you go, triggering your ambivalence and pushing your vulnerability buttons.
Here are some steps you can take to help yourself staying away from the diet culture toxicity:
1️⃣ Unfollow weight-focused social media accounts, that glorify thinness, promote weight loss or encourage to alter body shape or size in any way.
2️⃣ Ditch the scale. Waving the scale goodbye can bring the liberation from linking your moods and hopes for a day (and life in general) with the number shown on display.
3️⃣ Get rid of clothes that don’t fit. It can be very upsetting and frustrating to open your closet door every morning and not being able to find clothes that fit. Contrary to a widespread belief, keeping outfits in a smaller size than your current body is at, is not a good motivator for self care, but a big trigger for self hatred.
4️⃣ Avoid partaking in diet talks. Our society is so immersed in diet mentality, that we don’t even notice the constant diet talk we are having with ourselves and each other. Avoiding complimenting someone for a recent weight loss or complaining about how fattening the food you are eating is – are some examples of refusing to engage in body shaming / food obsessive talks.
5️⃣ Find like-minded people. Surround yourself with weight-inclusive body-positive folks, building a community you can count on, when the diet culture tries to sneak into your life.