Ever heard of the “Anti-Diet?” I’m sure you have because it has become quite the topic of conversation! Today, there are so many contradicting opinions floating around about the anti-diet movement, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts! I wanted to give you guys the rundown on some of the positive benefits and leave you with some food for thought (literally!).
As many of you have probably seen, there has been a ton of content around the anti-diet, with great learnings and takeaways from the discussion around “diet mentality” or “diet culture”. I wanted to breakdown some of the key takeaways from the knowledge I’ve gained from the movement, but also where I draw the line. After all, you guys know that I am a firm believer, there is no “one-size-fits-all” methodology, so please do your do-diligence before hopping into any new routine to see if it makes sense for you.
Removes shame or guilt associated with food: Really, you shouldn’t feel guilty for enjoying food that’s less nutritious. No one should ever judge you or belittle you for your food choices you make, and you shouldn’t do that to yourself. Plus, feeling guilty often only causes us to eat more. While it’s always important to make healthy choices, LIFE HAPPENS! It’s okay to live a little and enjoy some of those treats here and there without the guilt.
Being too restrictive doesn’t work: If you limit yourself to a very finite group of foods for the rest your life, that’s going to be pretty hard to stick to long term. Building flexibility in your routine is key to feeling your best, while also enjoying life. It’s important to understand what works best for you! So think about it as an 80/20 rule, 80% of the time fuel your body with whole, nutritious foods packed with nutrients, so you can indulge here and there without the guilt! You’ll find this is much easier to maintain long term.
All or nothing mindset doesn’t work long-term: While following a plan for a period of time can help, the important piece is to take the learnings of how you could incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle long term. Maybe some habits work better for you than others. Adopting some healthy habits is better than saying “f*ck it,” if you’re not following a plan perfectly because let’s be real, who the hell is perfect? No one! And that shouldn’t be the goal! It’s always about balance, everything in moderation.
On the flip side of everything listed above, we don’t want to take it too far. Too far meaning, that we’re discouraging people who want to work on changing their habits or people who want to educate themselves on more nutritious choices.
Not all food is on an equal playing field when it comes to nourishing your body & giving your body the proper vitamins and minerals it needs to function. So while we definitely should get away from the “I’m going on a diet” mentality, taking action to better yourself and make more nutritious choices will always be a win.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this movement too!