My name is Glenys and I’m a Registered Dietitian. I don’t believe in dieting because I’m a Health at Every Size® (HAES®) dietitian. Like many HAES® RDs, I dare to say we should enjoy eating. I dare to say we need not be so vigilant about our diets and that we should forget about focusing on weight loss. I dare to say that our relationship to food is more important than the individual foods we choose.
I have years of experience with dieting and weight loss. I was the poster child for weight loss made good. People congratulated me on my weight loss and for 17 years that weight loss was a defining part of my identity. What people didn’t know was that my inner life was a mess. I constantly dreaded gaining weight. I simultaneously feared foods and lusted after them. At the height of my dieting behavior, I thought about food 24 hours a day, and not in a fun way. And no matter what, there was never enough weight loss, enough body transformation, to satisfy me. To say I had a case of disordered eating is to put it mildly. Then one day I discovered Health at Every Size® which transformed the way I thought about weight, diet and body image and I’ve never looked back. I gave up dieting and with it, self-loathing and food fear.
If this sounds a lot like your story, then this blog is for you. I will talk about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size®, body image and self-acceptance. Now and again, I’ll talk about nutrition. What I will NEVER endorse on this blog: weight loss and dieting.
When we give up dieting, we fan the flames of a revolution and help create a world where food is our friend. A world where we dare to not diet.