The Holidays are Steeped in Diet Culture – Season 3 Episode 2

Not to be total Grinches, but the holidays are a great example of how diet culture ruins everything. Ever been to a party and binged on food, only to feel guilty for weeks after? Or maybe you turned down your favorite foods but obsessed over them the entire time.

Heather and Kelsey unpack this idea and offer suggestions to navigate food choices without guilt or shame.

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Barbells and Bone Broth Podcast - Season 3 Episode 2 | The Holidays are Steeped in Diet Culture

The Holidays are Steeped in Diet Culture – Season 3 Episode 2

Not to be total Grinches, but the holidays are a great example of how diet culture ruins everything. Ever been to a party and binged on food, only to feel guilty for weeks after? Or maybe you turned down your favorite foods but obsessed over them the entire time. Heather and Kelsey unpack this idea and offer suggestions to navigate food choices without guilt or shame.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • We’re on Season 3, Episode 2 and we’re going to be talking about diet culture and the holidays and how they intersect to just create a very guilt-ridden, obsessive food experience for a lot of us.
  • If you want to be healthy, you don’t have to wait until January 1st. And it also doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything and it becomes this free for all.
  • With diet culture, there is oftentimes a binge purge mindset where we overdo it, and then one way or another, we purge and we make up for it and that might be literally purging food, but a lot of times it is also going to the gym, it is also super restriction, it is dumb detoxes, it is all of these like fad things that we do and push to purge the sins of our choices.
  • When we marry this with a time of indulgence, they are at odds. And if we go into the holidays and we indulge, then we are ashamed and if we don’t indulge then we obsess over it. So, if we are going into the holidays with this mindset of internal well being and being happy, then we are able to sort of move past that diet culture influence.
  • I think the first thing to do is ask, who are you? Are you a moderator? Are you an abstainer? You have to be very honest with yourself about where you’re at. You can’t be an abstainer most of the year and then decide in December that you’re a moderator.
  • I would say for an abstainer, go into it with a plan. And maybe also accept that if you do eat those foods, you may overeat them quite honestly and it’s okay.  But it’s also kind of getting to a point, I believe, where you have to weigh how much you want the food and how much you want your goals.
  • My advice to abstainers is always do not bring the trigger foods and do not bring them home like keep them at wherever you are. Fill up on nutrient dense foods first and then allow yourself to enjoy whatever you need to enjoy.
  • When you know that you really have to avoid certain foods, or we can only eat certain things because we don’t want to trigger ourselves, you have to come in prepared. Know what people are serving. Bring your own.
  • If I have those Christmas cookies, it might be fine, or it might be 40 and I really don’t want to take the chance. So what that’s going to look like for me is a lot of no thank you, packing my own food, or just having a lot of conversations about what’s being served.
  • Instead of the hot chocolate and the cookies, it’s okay to sit down with your tea and something else, right? Because you’re still there and that might be something to remind the other folks too. I’m still here.

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