The Quit Your Diet Newsletter
Ruby Oak Nutrition owner Christine Byrne sends free, bi-weekly(ish) advice for anyone who wants to end food guilt and body shame.
Wellness influencers, weight loss “experts,” and diet companies are constantly preying on your insecurities and vying for your attention. The Quit Your Diet Newsletter teaches you how to care for yourself without obsessing about food or always trying to change your body.
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Want to read it first? These posts come from past issues.
Why? Because the whole point of intuitive eating is to stop using food as a way to change your body. To separate food from weight (more on that later.) Intuitive eating means making food choices based on your own physical cues and cravings. That’s not really possible when you’re trying to lose weight. Why? Because a voice in the back of your head will always be subtly encouraging you to eat less, choose the lower-calorie option, or forgo certain foods.
You can’t force others to think the way you do—that’s inappropriate and ineffective. What you can do is lead by example by not engaging in diet talk. Or, you can set boundaries by telling people you aren’t comfortable talking about diets or bodies with them.
Noom is a popular “wellness” app that aggressively markets itself as anti-diet, while also marketing itself as a great way to lose weight. If you’ve been tricked into signing up, you probably know that once you’re inside, it’s nothing more than an expensive calorie tracker with silly “lessons” and an extremely disordered perspective.
Scroll through the #intuitiveeating tag on Instagram and you’d think intuitive eating is just for thin people. It’s filled with thin, white women posting about food freedom and eating donuts. Many of these thin women are the dietitians who talk about intuitive eating and body acceptance for all. But is that really what they’re showcasing? It’s a complicated problem.