I never decided to become a chronic dieter or to develop an eating disorder before reaching age 21. Diets were presented to me like the only option to lose the extra weight that everyone told me I shouldn’t have. Dieting seemed to be the perfect solution to stop class mates from teasing me and calling me a “hippo”. Diets seemed the gateway to happiness.
They became instead the reason why I hated what I saw when I looked at myself in the mirror.
Had I known the amount of suffering and pain that chronic dieting would end up causing me, I would have looked for an alternative. Unfortunately, by the time I found an alternative, the damage to my mind and my body was already done.
So, when I decided to become a holistic nutritionist, nearly a decade after developing an eating disorder, I knew from the start I didn’t want to be the reason why others would fall in the spiral of chronic dieting and disordered eating. I wanted to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem. I wanted to promote an alternative to dieting and self-hate.
You might have heard already about Health at Every Size but may not be entirely sure what it’s all about. I have prepared a small guide, “10 Q&A about the Health at Every Size ® paradigm” as an introduction to Health at Every Size. It’s free and you can find it in the Freebies section.
I believe it’s important to spread knowledge and awareness about Health at Every Size. It’s important to let people know there is an alternative to the restrictive dieting mentality that is making them feel inadequate, guilty, and hate themselves.
Often however Health at Every Size is misunderstood. So here’s some of the myths and misconceptions you might have heard about the Health at Every Size ® paradigm and how they’re incorrect.
At the time when I was healing from my eating disorder, I had no idea that all the ideas, tools, and concepts that were helping me heal fell within a complete and evidence-based paradigm. I only learned about Health at Every Size when I began studying holistic nutrition in grad school.
Perhaps Health at Every Size can save you years of suffering and self-hate. Or perhaps it might help someone you know or someone you don’t even know yet. I know Health at Every Size changed my life before I even knew it existed.
Your journey to reject dieting mentality is hard. Rather than a journey, it might feel…17 April 2017