anonymous asked:

I think it is cruel that you diet-shame. Everyone is entitled to their own health and happiness, and for you to belittle someone's choices is wrong. I understand that the meat-packing industry is grotesque and I think it is great that you are educating others of veganism. However, when you begin to patronize other diets such as vegetarianism, you are wrong. There are so many complex aspects to someone's dietary needs. And can't you appreciate that vegetarians are at least doing SOMETHING?

Stop using the phrase “diet-shame”. Calling out speciesism and injustice isn’t “shaming”. When you call out a racist you don’t really spend too much time worrying about the complexity of that person’s past. There were events in their life that made them racist - does that mean we should be quiet to avoid “prejudice-shaming”? Do you stay quiet whenever you see someone doing something horrible and harmful because you don’t know that person’s backstory and their reasons and you don’t want to “shame” them? When you see someone kicking a puppy, can’t you just appreciate they aren’t stabbing the puppy?

if you’ve hit your goal weight, or are happy with the way you look. you can’t just go back to your old eating habits or not exercising. that’s why lifestyle changes rule over fad diets. you’ll quickly end up near or where you started. there’s no way you can go your entire life eating very little calories, doing the cabbage soup diet, juice fasting all the time, and whatever other crap there is out there. why not just change what you eat, treat yo'self occasionally, and exercise doing things you love?! 

A lot of people give up the bathroom scale, but substitute other measures of “success” such as measuring themselves, performing certain fitness “tests” or trying to stuff themselves into a certain clothing size. All of these activities are potentially as harmful as climbing on that stupid scale every morning. Join me today - make a commitment to STOP all the weighing, measuring and judging of your body. Do it for a week, a month or however long you decide. Focus on self-love and self-care instead. Your body will thank you!

New Year's Resolutions that add more value to the world than losing weight ever will.
  • Read more books - If you’re not a reader, now would be the time to start. Reading is one of the best ways in life to build and develop empathy and an understanding of others.
  • Read better books - If you’re already a reader, challenge yourself to read classics you’ve been avoiding. Plow your way through some Tolstoy or Dickens (or if you’re me, Jane Austen).
  • Write a book - They say everyone has at least one book in them. Actually sit down and write it. 
  • Volunteer for a charity - Work in a charity shop. Volunteer for a suicide help line. Spend the time and money that you could spend on a gym membership or weight watchers on helping people in need. 
  • Learn to knit or crochet - Knitting, crochet and other crafts are proven to be excellent stress relief, and at the end of it you have a new thing. Challenging patterns and writing or designing your own help to keep math skills and logical reasoning sharp.
  • Knit or crochet for charity - If you already know a craft, there are a lot of charities that collect hand-knit (or crocheted) items. You can make squares for kids in South Africa, or hats for premature babies, or toys for child victims of crime or disaster.
  • Plant a garden - Grow your own food. If a whole garden is too much, just make the effort to keep a few plants in your house alive and well. 
  • Treat others the way you wish to be treated - Be mindful of your actions and attitudes, and how they can effect others. Question the decisions you take for granted as being “good” things and examine whether you truly are making the world a better place, or whether you are merely maintaining the status quo.
“The dieting lifestyle is akin to taking a knife and cutting the connection that is your body’s only line of communication with your head,” writes clinical psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD, in her book Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food.

In other words, “Diets can inhibit your ability to accurately decode your body’s messages and feedback,” she says. (Like your hunger and satiety signals.) Diets are also detrimental to our emotional, mental and physical well-being, she says.

“The moment I knew I had to stop dieting.”

Beautiful and moving testimony here :)

“Exercise, which I used to always see as this grueling chore on the road to weight loss, and it only every MEANT anything if I saw results on a machine at the end of the week…  and now… exercise is done purely out of the joy of movement. And I win every time I do it.”

As someone who dieted like a pro for eight years, I can tell you it was the most miserable period of my life. Food was the enemy, and I couldn’t eat so much as a turkey sandwich without calculating the calories in everything, (120 cals for each slice of bread, 100 cals for turkey, 150 cals per TBSP of mayo, 5 cals for lettuce, etc…). Really “complex” foods I just refused to eat, because being hungry was safer than consuming something I couldn’t put a number too. Three years later, I have stopped dieting. And guess what? I didn’t gain a million pounds like I thought, and I didn’t even change clothing size. The only thing that changed was my attitude, and I was able to workout more because I had the fuel and the energy. Food improves mood, and having the normal amount of calories per day made me a happier, more cheerful person. Your brain needs food, and when you don’t have enough it can make you crabby and irritable to everyone! Surprisingly, I feel 100% better about me and my body since I stopped dieting. And no, that doesn’t mean I sit around eating cake all day. But I am allowed to have cake now. Stop dieting, and just give your body what it needs.