Giving Yourself a Little Grace: 3 Tips for Navigating Diet Culture & A Healthy Lifestyle
Dieting is so entrenched in our culture. It stems from unrealistic beauty standards and leaves many women (and men) struggling with disordered eating and having less regard for promoting genuine health than fitting a body image ideal. Given this societal context known as “diet culture”, it can be difficult to overcome yo-yo dieting and food restriction, both of which can disrupt your metabolism and create gut & hormone imbalances in your body, leaving us feeling mentally and physically sick and exhausted.
Giving yourself grace is about forgiveness, knowing that it’s okay to be imperfect, and that perfect is impossible for anyone to achieve. Self-criticism and shame, both around food and in other areas of your life, can be detrimental to your mental and physical health; whereas being kind and gentle with yourself can actually be extremely helpful in getting back to your natural cycles of eating and restoring your overall health! While it can be difficult to let go of an all-or-nothing mindset, especially for us perfectionists out there, it feels freeing to be rid of the