It’s important to remember that ditching dieting is counter-cultural. For those of us who have been “enlightened” and blessed to have discovered intuitive eating, we often want others to drink the proverbial Kool-Aid so that they can discover food freedom too. After all, we know the suffering and the soul-crushing damage dieting can do, and as humans, we want to spare others that pain.
One of the gifts of reawakening the intuitive eater in us is that intuition in many areas of our lives is often restored. Use that intuition to gauge whether or not you think people are ready to learn about this or not. I’ve had many clients, especially in the early phases of their recovery, try to “convert” dieters to intuitive eating and they were met with much opposition. What’s worse is that it made them doubt their decision to continue in their no-diet journey. Thankfully they had proper support in place, but it was still challenging for them nonetheless.
If you’re up to it, I encourage you to share articles, experiences, etc. with your friends, co-workers, and family. If you’re not up for it, that’s okay too. Just know that if you share, there may be some who are oppositional to it. There may not be, but there is always that chance. Again, people don’t always react well to counter-cultural messages because it challenges them to think about things differently and that causes discomfort! So, know that their opposition is more about them and not about you at all. They are simply responding to their discomfort.
I often need to remind myself that even though sharing this work can be scary at times, by putting it out there in the universe, I could be exposing others to something they never knew existed. That’s what propels me to keep doing this work and sharing this message. The notion that someone else could be encouraged to ditch dieting and begin to see that their value isn’t tied to a number on the scale or to the size of their jeans fires me up! And let’s not forget that every time we share this message, we put another nail in the diet culture coffin and then we all benefit!
So, beautiful souls, share your amazing no-diet testimonies with others when you’re ready. If people scoff, remember that it’s about them and not about you! I’m five years into this work and my heart rate increases every time when I hit “Enter” to post an article online, write/comment on a social media post, do a live video, or speak to people about my work. However, I’ve learned not to let that stop me! As I often say, you do you and let others adjust. Remember, you’re always free to share your message in the No-Diet Sisterhood on Facebook.