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10 Ways to Ditch Dieting

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You decided you’re ready to ditch dieting once and for all. Now what? What does ditching dieting actually look like? Here are 10 actionable steps you can take to challenge diet culture and have a more peaceful relationship with food and your body! 

RELATED: 4 Things That Happen When You Ditch Dieting

Reality check: diet culture is all around us. Unless you live off the grid in a remote area, it’s pretty impossible to escape diet culture altogether. But there are some things you can do to decrease its presence in your life!

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Dump diet books

Time to clean house! That means finding all those old (and maybe new) diet books and throwing them away. I’m big on sustainability but this is a unique situation where I do not advise donating. Diet books are harmful and we want to destroy them, not pass them on to others. To the trash they go (or see if there is a book recycling program in your area). 

Read anti-diet books

Now that you’ve cleared room on your bookshelf, let’s add some positive content! Body Kindness and Body Respect are great books to start with, as well as Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook.

Listen to anti-diet podcasts 

Enjoy auditory learning? There are loads of wonderful podcasts to choose from, including Body Kindness, Food Psych, Nutrition Matters and Love, Food. These are all hosted by weight-inclusive, anti-diet registered dietitians. 

Unfollow diet-y social media accounts

Do a social media “detox” and unfollow all those accounts that promote dieting in all its forms. Whether it’s counting macros, fasting, restricting oil or something else – anyone who’s telling you what to eat has got to go. Same goes for “fitspo” accounts and those that are filled with images of thin people flaunting their bodies.

Follow anti-diet social media accounts

Now that your feed is clean of negativity, let’s add in some positivity! I put together a massive list of 150+ size-inclusive Instagram accounts to follow, including dietitians and therapists as well as fashion bloggers and activists.

Donate clothes that don’t fit

Keeping clothes around that no longer fit into can be a trigger for negative body thoughts. Box them up and take them to your local thrift store (if in good condition) or clothing recycler. Keeping those tiny jeans around as “motivation” is not helpful.

Buy clothes that do fit

Now it’s time to fill your closet with clothes that fit. And not just fit, but that you feel comfortable and confident in. Check out local thrift stores or opt for a goody box from ThredUp! I love Poshmark for pre-loved clothing as well. Not finding what you want in the secondhand market? Check out these ethical brands with inclusive sizing. 

Toss your scale

You don’t need to weigh yourself. That number does not indicate your health, beauty or worth. In fact, it probably has an incredibly negative impact on your mood. Not worth it! Toss it in the trash, or if you’re feeling it, smash it with a hammer first! 

Set boundaries around diet talk

Diet talk among family, friends and co-workers is inevitable. You have the right to opt out of those conversations. You can simply be quiet, or you can walk away. You could even address the issue directly and ask that diet, weight loss and body shaming not be a topic of discussion. 

Work with a professional

Ditching dieting can be tough work. Working with a professional, such as an anti-diet therapist or dietitian, can be a huge help as you navigate this process. We’re here to provide guidance and support as you connect with your body and make self-care choices. Learn more about working with me here

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  1. Elise Clemons says

    Love all of these so much and feel like I have had the opportunity to slowly but surely work through this list. The hardest for me is setting boundaries and allowing myself to talk openly about it. I trust the process though. Once upon a time I literally COULD NOT imagine getting rid of my scale or donating my “skinny clothes” but I made it here today. Thank you for your wonderful blog, and IG. You have changed my life from states away!

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