Rejecting Harmful Norms as We Start a New Year
As we enter 2024, it’s important to address the pervasive influence of diet culture, especially at the start of the new year. The pressure to conform to societal standards about body image and eating habits can be overwhelming. It’s essential to remember that you don’t have to give in to these pressures. Recognizing and rejecting diet culture is a powerful step towards self-acceptance and well-being.
Strategies for Opting Out of Diet Culture
- Recognize Diet Culture in Your Life: Begin by identifying where diet culture appears in your daily life. It could be at the grocery store, in conversations with family or friends, or through media and advertising. Awareness is the first step in distancing yourself from its influence.
- Set Boundaries: Establish boundaries with people who may be promoting diet culture around you. Remember, setting boundaries is an act of self-care and love, not aggression. It’s about stating your needs and requests respectfully and clearly.
- Seek Support from Like-Minded Individuals: Surround yourself with people who understand and support your journey, whether it’s a therapist, a support group, or friends who share your perspective. There’s immense value in finding a community that uplifts and encourages you.
- Feel Your Feelings: Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions arise in response to diet culture. Whether it’s sadness, frustration, or anger, your feelings are valid. They can guide you in understanding your needs and how to best take care of yourself during this time.
Affirmation of the Day: “I find strength in community and support, recognizing that I am not alone in my journey towards self-acceptance.”
Remember, you have the right to opt out of diet culture and embrace a path of self-care that respects your body and mental health. In 2024, let’s commit to supporting each other in these choices and cultivating environments of acceptance and understanding. For some extra support and resources, check out Emily Murray’s Instagram and Christy Harrison’s book, “Anti-diet”. Take care!