Want more ways to experience Food Peace?
Craving more after each Love Food Podcast episode? Me too. I am always wanting to say more and dive deeper. There are topics that deserve nuance discussion and time to sift through.
Want to support the Love Food Podcast?
I have T H E best listeners in podcast land! You have been incredibly supportive since I launched the podcast back in 2016. Many of you have left a rating, review, shared the episodes and listen to every single one. Your confidence in me while partnering with you is so valuable to me.
I have gotten messages over the years from listeners like you who have wanted to financially support the show and other Food Peace projects. I am scaling back my one on one client time to devote more space and bandwidth to writing, speaking, and podcasting.
To support these new creations, I have started the After The Letters Project!
What are the details?
Every week I release a mini-episode exploring a common Food Peace stumbling block. I release these via Patreon and they get sent directly to you via email. The After The Letters Project also includes a free Food Peace download and early access to my weekly Love Food Podcast episodes.
To gain access, check out my Patreon page at Patreon.com/LoveFoodPodcast. You will see there are different support tiers according to how much you can invest in the show.
Tier One: Food Peace Promoter $3/month
Listen for the same price as a cup of joe without the caffeinated jitters! My thank you: your own copy of my 6 Keys to Food Peace download.
Tier Two: $10 I’ve Counted My Last Point
Gain access to the 6 keys to Food Peace download AND get to listen to Love Food a day BEFORE everyone else.
Tier Three: $29/month After The Letters Project
Gain access to the download and early Love Food releases PLUS my weekly After the Letters exclusive podcast. Every week I will release an answer to hand selected questions to help along your journey away from diets!
Tier Four: $50/month Body Liberation Rally
Gain access to what’s included in all the other tiers PLUS get your first and last name in each future episode’s show notes as co-executive producer. Take that diet culture!!
So there you have it! One million downloads later I am still creating Love Food Podcast episodes and want to keep on it! This Patreon account will allow me the ability to pay for my audio engineer, time to record, equipment, and hosting. For those who have financial access to support Love Food, thank you! And, please only donate if you have financial access. Even if you can’t contribute, listening and sharing the show helps the show grow and I am eternally grateful.
I would love your support on this part of my work. By being my patron you will help me financially keep going with my Food Peace projects. Please know all your support is appreciated!
Respect does not require body acceptance or body love.
It is ok if you are not in a place where you love everything or anything about your body.
Rather, what if you focused on treating your body as worthy of healing?
I believe in time acceptance will come and body love will happen as more people experience this same body respect.
I have been blogging the last 2 months on the first step toward Food Peace™, Respect. The next few months I will be blogging on step 2: Release.
Keep in mind, our Food Peace journey is not linear nor on a timeline. I see the journey more like layers that need tending to. The layers build upon each other yet our fat phobic culture will try to break the layers apart. The layers are at even more risk if you live in a body that is marginalized in today’s world. This part of our existence means that we need to be attending to all the layers, even those which we may feel we already “completed” to be sure our needs are met.
I hope you become more gentle with your need for patience and compassion on your journey.
When you are ready, it is time to move on to the second step: Release. If you are not ready, keep rereading my blog’s discussions on diet failings and size acceptance. Click here to re-read my blogs on Food Peace’s first layer, Respect or here to re-read the 6 keys to Food Peace.
Another note: If you still do not feel ready, you may not be at diet rock bottom and need more time to experience diets to know they don’t work for you. My blog will always be there when you are ready. It is ok to take a break and revisit later. Until then, I will wait patiently.
There’s something I want you to know: even if you are feeling unprepared or scared to give up dieting, you are still ready for Food Peace. I will be continuing to write on how to make these next steps and my hope is the writing provides some guardrails along the way.
A gentle heads up: as you move forward, be prepared for some emotional reactions.
First, you may feel different from most people. Dieting is normal eating these days. Connections are made over meal planning, fad diets, and boot camps. You may find giving up diets will make some relationships shift or feel strange.
I encourage you to surround yourself with as many non-dieting normal eaters as possible. If you can’t find them in real life, consider joining a support group whether live or virtually. Work with a counselor and dietitian to help you make these steps. Just be sure they ascribe to a Health at Every Size approach and trained to not focus on weight loss.
Eating according to your own body’s messages may feel odd, novel, or strange. It may sound exciting and scary. Soon after the excitement, most people I speak with grieve.
They grieve for all the years wasted on dieting and the seductive fantasy diets had in their life. Moving past this space can take time so I invite you to take all the time you need.
Notice the anger along with the sadness.
These feelings will be tough to sit with yet aid in your Food Peace journey. Notice them and welcome them in if you are ready.
I am here with you.
I have been writing a lot lately about the dangers of diets, how seductive and manipulative they can be, and how diets don’t work. I am wondering if I just heard you say, “But…..”
Maybe you are with me on how diets suck the life out of you and food has too much power, “but” you still want to weigh less. And diets are required for that.
If this describes your current way of being around food, I encourage you to experiment with putting this dieting desire on the back burner for the next 3 to 6 months.
Taking a break from diets and the pursuit of weight loss will help your body take a break from this harmful yo yo dieting. Ending the diet chaos and weight cycling, even temporarily, will be a great investment in your mental and physical health. Stepping away from weight loss pursuits will give you the opportunity to feel less craving to binge or “emotionally” eat.
Remember that hopeful clear feeling a diet brings? This seductive fantasy is how the vicious cycle BEGINS not ends.
Do you feel chaos around food when not dieting?
Don’t blame yourself or the food, blame the dieting and the diet industry.
Blame the pursuit of weight loss.
You will find bingeing has less of a hold only after you stop dieting for a period of time.
Saying goodbye, at least for now, to diets will help you begin this journey toward Food Peace™.
Diets have violently assaulted you for too long. They are disrespectful to your body.
Eating, without dieting, is the Food Peace step of Respect. It is respecting your biology, physiology, and needs. You are not to blame for the diet’s disrespectful treatment of your body and you can be a part of turning things around.