‘Tis the season to smash down diet culture… and if we want that, we need to understand the roots of the holiday season so that we can smash down the roots of oppression.
Holiday feasting, in times, happens when we only had access to certain foods (like oranges) over the holidays and it was common to be living under food restrictions beyond your control.
But now… why do we continue to feast when we have access to the same foods all year round? Why do we restrict all year to then “indulge” over the holidays, when we don’t have to?
Indulging Over the Holidays
“Indulgence” roots in the diet culture. It tells you that you’re “bad” for eating something that isn’t in line with diet culture’s pursuit of thinness.
“Indulgence” sets you up for eating out of control because diet culture makes you feel ashamed for your food choices over the holidays.
“Indulgence” goes hand-in-hand with “I deserve it” eating. It is a stepping stone on the path to binging because this mentality towards food is tied up in your self-worth and body image.
What if you chose to bring awareness to diet culture this season? And what if you paid attention to your thoughts around food and how it affects how you feel about yourself?
In today’s episode, we are joined by Unyime Oguta, an Undiet Your Life coach, a mum of 3, a Non-Diet Nutrition Coach, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, speaker and podcast host of The Thriving Mum Podcast. She commits herself to providing compassionate, holistic, evidence-based nutrition care to mothers and their families worldwide through her virtual nutrition coaching practice, Olive and Bliss Wellness.
What you’ll learn listening to this episode on ’tis the season (to smash down diet culture):
- The origin of the holiday season & how it became commercialized
- How holiday norms perpetuate patriarchal ideals
- Why holiday “indulgence” is harmful to your self-worth
- How to bring awareness to diet culture during the holidays
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