Dieting is one BIG fantasy with a thousand variations. If I starve myself in this way – (which is the new and correct way and of course works very fast) – then I will finally lose weight to become the size I always wanted to be and after that I will get the life I have been waiting for.
This is a billion dollar fantasy. There is a lot of money riding on people believing this fantasy. A lot of companies need you to believe this story.
It is amazing that we believe this crazy fantasy when we know better. Think about your life, how many diets have you been on? Where are you now? Did they help or did they leave you in a starving, binging, cycle of frustration and shame that never seems to leave you.
And if you got a result quickly – did it last? How long did it take before you started another plan? And did they make it seem like it didn’t work because it was your fault that you don’t have the self-control and not admit that their crazy (no carb, or grapefruit, or whatever) plan was the problem?
As a dietitian I have seen the devastation: the self-shaming and blame that has ingrained itself after years and years of buying into this harmful and hurtful fantasy of dieting.
It is time to wake up from this nightmare.
We need to realize that we CAN feed ourselves appropriately when we aren’t starving ourselves. And when we aren’t starving we won’t have this crazy drive to binge.
When need to remember that our bodies are equipped to actually tell us when and how much to eat. Not some company with a hand in our pocket.
We can accept that people – healthy people- come in all shapes and sizes. Not the airbrushed size two models plastered everywhere around us.
We accept that healthy eating isn’t the starving and wildly unbalanced food plans we have been heavily advertised to believe in and follow.
I say enough.
This fantasy has robbed us of our self-trust, self-leadership, self-acceptance, and ultimately, of our
Sarah Gold is an intuitive eater, dietitian, chocolate lover, and dog lover,