Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Anti-Diet Project

On Facebook today, I stumbled on The Anti-Diet Project by Kelsey Miller on Refinery 29. I'm not sure how I haven't seen this before, but I just want to say KUDOS.

Source: Refinery 29
I think I haven't seen this before because I often skip through their food posts. They have a lot of "Foods That Will Make You Sleep" and "Why Does Food Make You Fat?" Not to knock Refinery 29, but a lot of their posts are overly superficial in terms of diets and food. Their recipe posts are AMAZING though (CAN WE JUST LOOK AT THIS CAKE OMG). It completely contradicts their diet posts because those food posts send me running to the kitchen.

I find these posts to be too good. She writes about a similar philosophy about food that I have. It is all about eating what makes you happy and not worrying about a "diet." When you are eating what makes you happy, you start to eat things that are good for you and in healthy proportions. She works with Intuitive Eating specialists, I don't. I just sort of adopted a feeling of neutrality on food.

When I was in high school, I was highly active and fit. I was around a size 4, maybe a size 6, but I struggled with body image issues. I thought I was the fattest person around and hated everything about myself. I dieted, fasted, worked out more and worried more about what I looked like. When I got to college, I took a bit of a break from that and gained a lot of weight fast. I now wear a size 10 or 12.

I decided to change the way I thought about food. When I eat what I want, I end up eating things that are healthy. I don't care about the number on the scale or the size of my pants and I'm happy with my body. I have been slowly losing weight in the past few months, but it's progress. Because I'm happy with my body, the weight loss doesn't control my life. I am controlling my life, not a scale.

So we should all sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays.....and all those Christmas cookies in moderation.


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