Reject the Diet Mentality in 3 Radical Actions


Reject Diet Mentality

We have been taught that unless we are on a diet, we aren’t accomplishing our health goals. I’m not sure that I can go a day without hearing someone talk about the latest diet that they are on.

I’m going to pose something radical.

It’s time to reject the diet mentality.

The diet mentality throws us into a paradigm of good vs bad and often a cycle rebellion and shame follows. Even now I’m sure that some of you are starting to panic. How can I ever loose weight, or heal my body without a diet? We have fears that if we reject the diets we won’t be able to stop eating (without restrictions) and also that we don’t know what to do without the guidelines of a diet.

As long as you cling to a small hope that a quick little diet will turn your weight around, or jump-start you into a new person you won’t be free from the tyranny of dieting – Intuitive Eating Trioble & Resch

I believe that we all have the intuition to know what our body needs. The problem is, we have forgotten how to listen to the simple signals our bodies give us and we don’t honor them. Our goal is to get back to trusting our body and our intuition and eventually we will level out.

The first step in this process of intuitive eating is rejecting the diet mentality. It is a sick system that’s goal is not long term health.

There are 3 radical actions that will banish this diet mentality for good.

#1circlegreenThrow it Out  - Throw out any diet books and magazines that display quick ways to lose weight and change your life for good. Look for titles like “5 Steps to Get that Bikini Butt” etc. Start seeing these titles in all your magazines, not only SHAPE. You will be surprised that even in your TV Guide you can learn how to drop those pounds. Also, stop watching shows like The Biggest Loser. Anything that screams diet, throw it out.

#2circlegreenChallenge Your Mind  - Somewhere in all of us, we have adopted the diet mentality way of thinking. Challenge this old way of thinking. Eliminate phrases like “willpower, self control, deserve, obedience “I should eat this etc”, being good, failing” when you are talking about food. These old patterns are classic signs you are still wrapped up in the diet mentality.

#3circlegreenRelease the Charts  - It’s time to let go of the meal plans, the calorie counting apps on your phone and the food charts. You can’t listen to your body when you feel like you are boxed into a certain way of doing something. We get trapped into eating so many times a day, portion control, and acceptable foods. All of these things are important when we are already in balance, but if it is part of the diet mentality we are taught to block our intuition. We eat when we aren’t hungry, or starve ourselves when we are hungry. We consume more calories or less calories than our body is asking for. This is not helpful. First, we must reject all these charts and tools and get in touch with our body.



*Adapted from Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Once we are able to throw out those magazine and books, challenge our way of thinking and fully release the charts we can begin to banish the old diet mentality and radically walk into a new intuitive way of approaching our bodies. This is a process, but one that will bring us back into balance.

Where do you find the traps of the diet mentality? What are you afraid to give up?

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6 Responses to “Reject the Diet Mentality in 3 Radical Actions”

  1. Andrea Cloninger Wilson October 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you so much for this, Mary. Diets don’t work. Shame and guilt aren’t healthy. We need a new relationship with food!

    • Mary Crimmins November 8, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      Thanks Andrea, you are so right. I love the language of a “relationship” with food. It truly is a relationship, and it always dances in relationship with our bodies.

  2. Ashley November 1, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Hi Mary! I am almost half-way through this same book and have already begun this process. It is definitely a challenge! I have caught myself “pseudo-dieting” a lot. I have also noticed how many conversations trail back to “diet-talk” and have had to take some distance from people who focus so much on it, as it feeds my compulsive tendencies… Thanks for writing this :)

    • Mary Crimmins November 8, 2013 at 4:14 am #

      Hi Ashley,

      I’m so glad that you are reading this book. It is AMAZING! I read it several years ago and it changed my whole perspective. It’s so easy to fall back into the trap of dieting even when we don’t realize. Just the mindset is enough to rope you back in. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Amy Thedinga March 31, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Yes! Mary, you nailed it. I love that you use the word “tyranny”. That’s exactly what it is. Many people are in bondage to food and food is supposed to be healing, nourishing and pleasurable. Great article!

    • Mary Crimmins April 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      thanks for your comment Amy!

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