Decolonizing diet culture and our approach to non-diet coaching is essential for the healing of all of our clients and it goes beyond simply white people’s food.
Diet culture causes harm beyond the diet mentality. It demonizes the foods that are the very foundation of traditional diets across the globe. Moreover, it centers on the white narrative of what is “healthy”.
Non-diet coaches need to understand how diet culture is yet another system that centers on the white experience. Certainly, we need to know how to hold space for our clients who have been taught that their food is “bad.” That is to say, we play an active role in decolonizing diet culture in our practices.
Decolonizing Diet Culture in Practice
Decolonizing diet culture in practice requires being intentional with our language around food and what we call “cultural” food. At the end of the day – all food is simply just food and our language needs to reflect that.
Decolonizing diet culture in practice also requires curiosity and humility. We do this by asking questions that will help you understand your client’s experience with food and their culture.
On today’s episode
Helping us decolonize diet culture on today’s episode, we have a panel of 4 non-diet pro’s…
Unyime is a mum of 3, Speaker, Life & Nutrition Coach for Mums, and runs The Thriving Mum Podcast. Through her coaching and podcast, she teaches women how to leverage the power of their minds to let go of food fears and obsession. Her goal is to help her clients thrive and feel empowered to honor their needs. Moreover, they raise children who have a good relationship with food and their bodies.
Marissa Prieto is an anti-diet, Latina Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 10 years of experience. She is committed to helping Latina women and Latina mothers improve their relationship with food. She does this by helping them tune in to their own body, cultivate behaviors for long-term health. That is to say, the goal is to pass down healthy behaviors onto their children. Marissa dedicates herself to helping her clients ditch the diets and tune into their own body. She also helps them enjoy and keep their cultural foods alive!
Tara holds a Masters of Science in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and is a Certified Nutritionist in Washington state, USA. She is committed to continuously learning about the impacts of marginalized communities and supporting those that are systemically oppressed. Also, she commits herself to bring a sense of cultural humility. Her approach is guided through principles of intuitive eating, body acceptance, and health at every size.
Jin Hee is a HAES-aligned therapist and intuitive eating coach. Her mission is to help Asian-American women reclaim cultural foods and heal from toxic messages about body image and self-worth. Ultimately to discover and reconnect with their innate worthiness.
What you’ll learn listening to this episode:
- How white culture sets the “standard” in diet culture
- Why our language around culture & food matters
- How to support clients whose culture is erased in diet culture
- Tips for coaches to decolonize diet culture in practice
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