The vast majority of New Years articles will be rooted in shame “you NEED ME to reach your goals” — and we know shame sucks. You can’t hate yourself to better health.
I’m honored and thrilled that Real Simple is offering an article on healthy eating that isn’t shame oriented. Intuitive eating is based on trust of your body. It’s THE WAY to eat if you’re practicing body kindness. (and despite what a weight normative health pro may say… everyone can do some aspect of intuitive eating, except for the most food insecure people, which is a social justice issue we must fix if we really care about health).
“It can be challenging to treat yourself well (and feel good about doing so) if you’ve long considered your weight to be the first and best measure of your health, says Scritchfield. “Well-being is a blend of physical and mental health, and we’re better off when we don’t use weight as a measure,” she says. It’s normal to doubt that you will ever let go of weight ideals and accept your body. But if you succeed, an afternoon walk becomes about taking a break to clear your head and reboot your energy, rather than about burning a certain number of calories.”