There’s a song that begins with the line, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day” that keeps running through my head.
I don’t know about you but ever since I stopped dieting it’s like the world is conspiring in my favor. It seems like I’m far from alone in getting to this point of a very long and arduous restriction journey.
Hence, serious diet backlash appears to be popping up everywhere on social media.
Case in point: Last year I participated in a speaking summit organized by Stephanie Hutchenson. The title was Living La Vida Vegan. When I received a solicitation from her this year to be a part of her summit for a second time, I was like, “Whoa, my mind has really changed about using a plant based diet as a way of achieving the thin ideal. I’m thinking really differently now about body respect, body acceptance, the idea of telling other people what to eat and how to do food.
Good morning lovelies!!!! My apologies for getting off track again with blog posts.
As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m wrapping up this whole weight loss, dieting, blogging, searching, researching, and experimenting thang, but before I say “Au revoir,” there’s quite a few things I’d still love to share with you.
The complication is that I’m distracted with a new and wonderful lettering/calligraphy/bullet journaling/watercolor painting hobby (yes, I have an Instagram account for that! @loveslettersandbuos). I’m having so much fun that it’s hard to stop to write anything anymore, which is a great thing I suppose.
I try to make good on my promises to you. Lucky for all of us, my kids have a snow day today so I’ve gained back three hours of my life while they rest peacefully in their warm beds. Thus, a new HGK post today!
I cannot overemphasize how the following exercise impacted my mental health.
It’s so easy, you’ll probably wonder (a) why you didn’t think of it yourself and (b) why it took you so long.
I cannot take credit for this suggestion. I believe I first heard it from a woman named Isabel Foxen Duke. If you don’t know who she is, it’s very likely worth your time to listen to a few podcast episodes she’s been featured on (like this one and this one) and also to sign up for her mailing list. She sends out great articles and links to interviews with her.
Okay, so here’s the way you become 1000% happier in, basically, a few hours:
STOP FOLLOWING ANYTHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT MAKES YOU FEEL IN ANY WAY BAD ABOUT YOURSELF, LESS THAN, NOT ENOUGH, OR LIKE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.
My final blog post series would not be complete if I didn’t include today’s topic. I’m going to be exposing an idea that chances are, if you are a reader of Healthy Girl’s Kitchen, you may not even be aware of: Health at Every Size.
When I began blogging almost a decade ago, weight loss/maintenance was the only thing that concerned me when it came to my body.
But that quickly changed as I discovered the whole food, plant-based diet, the doctors and other folks that promote it, and the communities of people embracing it.
I vividly remember a lot, and I mean A LOT, of discussion in certain online message boards and Facebook groups about how much people weighed. It seemed that there was a pretty tight range, depending on your height, in which your body needed to stay in order for you to be at an ideal place for long-term health.
Like all worthwhile things in life, the experiment that was and is Healthy Girl’s Kitchen is complicated.
I have to say the same for my time in Bright Line Eating land.
There were things about BLE that I’m tearing my hair out thinking, “how did I ever let things get that far?” and many other things that I thank my lucky stars about (the incredible friendships I’ve made, Bright Line Healing/Molly Larkin, eating fat and higher protein foods again with no fear).
One of the things that I’m grateful for is my Mastermind Groups.
Before joining the world of Bright Line Eating Solutions, I had never heard the term “Mastermind Group.” Now I’ve come to rely upon and cherish the relationships that I have and the growth that I am experiencing that are grounded in being a part of two rocking mastermind groups (one formal and the other informal).
Before I dive in to the story of how I went from being one of the most dieting obsessed people on the planet to a person that is not currently trying to change my body, it might help to have a short refresher on the history of my experiment. I began writing this blog about ten years ago, after I had quickly lost forty pounds on Weight Watchers (later to become a total of fifty pounds). On a whim, I started blogging with one question in mind, “How do thin people stay thin?”
I began interviewing my thin friends and I wrote about it. I researched the subject and quickly got enmeshed with a group of wonderful folks who were selling the idea that it was animal foods that were causing all of the ails in the world. It was meat and dairy that were not simply causing the obesity epidemic, but were the cause of the big three killers-heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Lesson Number 1 revisited: Trust my own instincts.
I got totally distracted from writing more blog posts in this series by our celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. In case you missed them, here’s Lesson 1 and Lesson 2. In order to get back in my groove, I’m publishing this post revisiting my first lesson after something came up for me this past weekend.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time over the last few weeks listening to the interviews from The Self-acceptance Summit from Sounds True. It’s the perfect compliment to the type of self-reflection one does when a new year is upon them. This particular summit has been a real eye-opening experience for me. I enjoyed the talks so much that I purchased the summit so that I can listen to my favorite talks a many more times and catch-all of the interviews that I missed.