We’re big on roundup posts here at Midlife Mama.
That’s because we’re constantly generating great content on a myriad of topics and I want to make it easy for you, my dear readers, to find more of exactly what you’re into.
When I create roundup posts, I simply collect all our best content on one topic into a handy-dandy list of links so you don’t have to go hunting or searching. It’s all right here for your reading pleasure.
Today, I was inspired to create a roundup of all our best posts about how much we hate dieting and diet culture. If you’re new to this idea, here’s a helpful definition:
Diet culture is the pervasive belief that appearance and body shape are more important than physical, psychological, and general well-being. It’s the idea that controlling your body, particularly your diet—by limiting what and how much you eat—is normal.
Diet culture is something that we’re just born into in this country – like the patriarchy and white supremacist/racist structures and systems. It’s all around us and we’re taking part in it in small and big ways, whether we realize it or not. I believe we have to fight it every chance we get.
Here are all our best posts about diet culture, breaking free from dieting, and radically loving ourselves:
- I have to quit Whole 30. Written all the way back in 2019, this post shows that intellectually, I knew that I needed to leave dieting and diet culture in my past. Sadly, I still wasn’t able to cut all ties with dieting for at least another year. Still, this post laid the groundwork for my current anti-diet thinking.
- How to be who you truly are. I wrote this one during the summer of 2021 after I had finally given up dieting for good. I was trying hard to practice radical self-acceptance and love myself just as I am.
- How to escape from the prison of diet culture. Here are more of my 2021 musings on diet culture, why it’s so toxic and how to give it the old heave-ho.
- How to handle getting ambushed by diet culture. Even once we’ve made our getaway and left dieting and diet culture behind, they can still reach us with negative messaging. Here are some ways to fight back.
- I dieted for 35 years but that’s all over now. Here’s my 2022 joyful reclaiming of my body and myself after my first-ever year of not dieting.
- Those numbers you’re trying so hard to beat? They’re meaningless. This post is about more than just diet culture; it’s about how we chase insignificant numbers when we could be spending that time and energy on the things that truly matter most.
- I like being chubby. There, I said it. Here’s a recent look at my renaissance and rebirth as a non-thin-chasing human. Life is immeasurably better on the other side of diet culture!
I know I’ll continue to write about this topic as it is near and dear to my heart. I’ll keep this list updated so you can always find my anti-diet posts in one place.
Have you gotten off the diet train, or are you still chugging (and yoyo-ing) along? I’d love to hear your diet and anti-diet tales in the comments below or over on Facebook or Instagram.