Body Positivity, Intuitive eating, and the Non-Diet Approach
27th February 2022 | Author: Bianca Skilbeck
Working as a non-diet, Health At Every Size (HAES®) aligned therapist, I can confidently (one would hope!) say that I know a thing or two about what it takes to embrace body positivity, self-acceptance, and a more intutive and peaceful way of eating and relating to food.
Whilst a lot of what I know comes from engaging with the plethora of literature, education, supervision, and other opportunities out there for professionals to learn more, I'd argue that even more crucial, even more pivotal to my education, has been the understanding I have gained from doing the hard yards myself in my own healing of my relationship with food and my body.
Whilst we could easily fill many books and maybe even a whole library with what there is to know and learn about this work that is deeply personal, but also inextricably tied to social, historical, political, and even economic forces, what I can say without needing to go into all that heavy stuff is that possibly my number one insight into actual healing is....
You're probably not going to do this alone
As a therapist who sees individuals for issues all along the spectrum of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image, of course I am going to advocate for the power of indivudal therapy.
Finding and engaging with the right therapist for you can be a wonderful gift to yourself, as it can help you to examine your beliefs, explore new ideas, create new stories for yourself, and ultimately create a new relationship with yourself. One of my favourite analogies is that a good therapist is simply a mirror; a mirror which allows you to see yourself more clearly and understand your options.
With all of that being said, I am going to go out on a limb here and say....
Individual Therapy is NOT everything
It's a great start. Yet, ultimately, individual therapy is just one tool that you can use to start to challenge and change the ecology of your whole life. That includes your social world, and yes, in this digital age, the images, ideas, and content that you choose to allow into your sphere of awareness.
One of the most powerful things that I did when I first began my journey in rejecting diet culture and embracing intutive eating, was to unfollow, stop reading, and stop engaging with diet culture content; basically anything that espoused "the answer" to intentional weight loss. I then started finding new content to fill my digitial and learning life.
This, therefore, is an ever-growing, evolving, and constantly being added to list of resources, of what I have found helpful which you can use to fill up and nourish your soul from the inside out. Remember; we are all connected. We are all here for one another, and to learn from one another.
I hope that you can get as much as I have out of some of these resources as I have, on your path to more self-acceptance and inner peace.
Instagram Accounts to Follow
For Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Recovery
@antidietriotclub , @thecrankytherapist , @themindfuldietitian , @jennifer_rollin
For Fat Acceptance/Positivity
@laceyjadechristie , @allisonkimmey , @vanillasociety , @mynameisjessamyn
For Debunking Harmful Food and Medical Myths
@fatpositivefertility , @fatdoctoruk , @drjoshuawolrich
For Healing Your Relationship with Movement/Exercise
@meg.boggs , @fitragamuffin , @fatpositivefertility , decolonizing_fitness
Podcasts to Listen to
Food Psych, by Christy Harrison
All Fired Up, by Louise Adams
Maintenance Phase, by Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbs
The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast, by Tabitha Farra
Willing to be Wrong, by Joshua Wolrich
Body Image by Bri, by Bri Campos