• Monique Jephcote

PRO you, ANTI diet culture





We are all doing our best to navigate diet culture

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I am NOT anti-dietER, but I AM anti diet CULTURE. I think this is important to distinguish.

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I’ve personally been entrenched in diet culture before. I’ve been a dietER. If I could go back 7 years & be met with myself as a client sitting opposite me today. Oh boy. *shudders* I would be in for a ride!

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I think it’s important to have grace with 1 another. We’re all doing our best with the information that we have & the support that we have access to.

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When I talk about diet culture & how harmful, infuriating, sneaky it is & how we need to drop it at the goddamn door STAT & never look back, I’m also real enough to know this just isn’t how it works for individuals. If only it were that easy, right? This is somewhat another unrealistic expectation to place upon ourselves - to be able to bin diet culture the minute we learn about it & recognise it. Be patient with yourself.

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I sit with people who are saddened, infuriated, angered, physically & mentally unwell, broken, & downright despise diet culture - yet still fall into the hands of its wrath. You can be deeply frustrated by diet culture AND still not know/be learning how to experientially navigate it in your personal life. It’s also likely lifelong work - which I feel isn’t talked about enough. I feel “combatting diet culture” is somewhat romanticised on social media. It is sticky, uncomfortable, exhausting, ongoing work. But let me be clear: it is one of, if not,THE most worthwhile & important thing to understand & learn how to navigate.

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In Eating Disorder therapy groups that I’m a part of facilitating, I often draw a big circle on a whiteboard with “what is diet culture?” written in the middle. Prompts: what does diet culture sound like, what does it look like? I’m a big believer that we have to understand the water that we are swimming in, in order to move through it. By the time we have finished the brain map, responses from patients often sound like “well... no wonder we are sitting here”.

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We usually have a bit of a laugh here. Even though the situation is not funny... the comment is true? No wonder 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Diet culture is so deeply entrenched around us right now, but currently wrapped in pretty packaging “lifestyle change” “health kick” “wellness” (all with a side of semi starvation for rapid weight loss, keto pills, subliminal encouragement of disordered eating behaviours, BS detox gummies ()—> not health guys, not health). But it sure sounds like it, doesn’t it? Diet culture is THAT good.

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Diet culture is tricky to navigate & we are all doing the best that we can. We might fall back sometimes Have compassion for yourself, have compassion for 1 another, & seek appropriate help early on.

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The point of this long winded post (I get there eventually):

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I am pro YOU. Whoever you are. Whatever your desires. If you want to lose weight, this space is for you. If you’re deeply uncomfortable in your body, this space is for you. I will not judge you or shame you for where you are at, what it is that you want, nor will I hold any expectations of such. I like to think I open up a safe enough space to allow you to advocate for yourself if you feel the above is ever happening too. I’m a human, open to learning, change, growth.

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I will meet you where you are but get you to unpack before moving forward with what it is you think you need. Because I know that the answer to your problem of feeling uncomfortable in your body ISN’T shrinking down. The uncomfortability remains because I wonder if the uncomfortability was ever tied to the body in the first place. Or was the body the chosen method of perceived ability to control? ... & what a deeply falsified sense of control it becomes over time.

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I will give you guidance & information on what my experiences & education have taught me about diet culture, body, self-worth, nutrition, eating & what my experiences & education have taught me helps us move toward better, authentic health. I’ll challenge you & ask you questions so you get curious about your desires rather than instantaneously move forward with what it is that you present with that you want.

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You can pick that information up or place it down. You can walk away from that information & know that my door is always open should you wish to explore at another time.

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The Intuitive Dietitian xx




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Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Dietitian & Personal Trainer

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