What if you are on the island of Diet Mentality, but you want to move to the mainland of peace and calm?
Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch recommend the following steps to reject the diet mentality.
Step One: Recognize & Acknowledge the Damage that Dieting Causes (Biological, Health, Psychological, Emotional)
Step Two: Be aware of Diet Mentality traits and thinking about willpower, obedience, and failure.
Step Three: Get rid of dieting tools.
I had to acknowledge that dieting was hurting my mind, heart, and soul.
Dieting was partially the reason I was severely anemic. My emotional health was at risk too, as my entire week’s happiness was based upon what the scale said.
Psychologically speaking, I became a very black-and-white thinker. Either I was bad (overweight) or good (thin.) Either I stayed on my eating plan, or I didn’t. If I ate three bites of the brownie, crap, might as well start a week-long eating binge.
Because I couldn’t stay on a diet, I attributed it to being a failure. Even though I was successful in my career, owned my own home, had a graduate degree, because I did so as a fat person, I was a failure.
Yes, my doctor said if I had more willpower I’d be a more successful dieter. I don’t believe in willpower.
I think I began to truly break my dieting mentality, when I gathered up my WW activity & food point slides, all my dieting books & magazines, and shoved them in a box, & shipped it over to Goodwill. I no longer wanted to associate myself with something that brought so much emotional pain & physical damage to my body.
When I knew that I could feed myself according to my inner wisdom, and not Jenny Craig or Kirstie Alley, when I could depend upon myself… the butterfly started to emerge.
How do you actively reject the diet mentality?