Today I’d like to offer you a definition of “normal eating” from the dietician, Ellen Satter. As you read it,…
The bottom line is that your healthy weight is the weight you are when you’re living well and taking good care of yourself. And that may change over the course of your life.
Before I get into this, I want to say that I think we should all mind our own business, and stop judging, shaming and policing other people for any reason – even health. Living a healthy lifestyle and being healthy is not a moral imperative, and we have not been elected to police other people’s health. Ultimately, we’re all just trying to do the best we can. But, since the reality is that we do, as a culture, tend to judge people who live in larger bodies, and justify it by saying it’s about health, today, I want to tell you why I’m calling BS on that.
Going on a diet is like going to war against the food industry, your biology, and your psychology. And your connection to your body’s internal capacity to regulate hunger and enjoy eating can be a casualty of the war.
If it takes up time and energy you’d be better off spending in other ways, or if it leaves you feeling bad about yourself, vulnerable or unwell, it’s probably the shame-diet masquerading as self-care. True self-care feels good!
I’m Michelle and I know diets. I dieted for 40 years! If you add up all the weight I’ve lost over the course of these 4 decades, it comes to well over a hundred pounds. I’m good at dieting. When I gave up dieting a while ago, I was roughly the same weight as when I began.