It never fails. As soon as someone discovers I am a dietitian they want to know what set of dogmatic diet rules I live by. As if I were a Starbucks drink, they are expecting a description such as, “a non-GMO, soy free, Paleo pescatarian who alternates between Beach Body shakes and Whole30 every month.”
The body positive movement has shifted to an almost glamorous state of popularity. Pictures of half nude women embracing imperfection are normalizing what a natural, untouched body looks like. While this is powerful, the sheer amount of bravery it takes to become more accepting of your body is not emphasized enough.
It’s interesting how we have become ashamed of the natural characteristics of the body. Lines and curves make a person unique and tell a story of who they are, but by any means necessary, we try to change them. We are all chasing after something that has been photoshopped, airbrushed and smoothed with the idea that it’s actually attainable.
You are probably reading this because at some point you have experienced feeling isolated as a non-diet dietitian. Even if you feel confident among your HAES/IE/non-diet social media accounts and podcasts, it can still feel overwhelming at times. It’s so easy to feel alone in a profession where you were taught to put people on the scale, count calories and praise weight loss.
Anxiety is something all humans feel at some point in their lives, and for some, that can develop into something more. It is hard for me to articulate exactly what having an anxiety disorder feels like. In a simple analogy, it can feel like an extension of the terrifying dream where you find yourself naked in front of a room full of people.