I recently joined a group of dietitians called RDs for Body Confidence (RD4BC). Basically, it's an online group and resource for dietitians who care about body image. Because, let's face it, dietitians can get a bad rap. The reality is that we want to see people have healthier bodies and healthier relationships with food - not for the sake of looking good in a bikini, but for the sake of living life more fully.
As part of the group, I want to invite you to join me in celebrating No Diet Day - a day when we stop and remember that dieting is no way to live. Dieting is restrictive, unsustainable, and often promotes shame or a quick fix. But choosing to live a healthier lifestyle - that's doable, and way more fun. Without further ado, a guest blog post from the founders of RD4BC.
Three Ways to Celebrate No Diet Day
By Leslie Schilling and Rebecca Scritchfield, Co-Founders of Dietitians for Body Confidence www.RD4BC.com
Healthy bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. We see it every time we hit the gym, get our hair done, or just walk down the street.
May 6th is International "No Diet Day" - a day where people everywhere can say "I don't need no stinkin' diet." Wouldn't it be great to throw some self-love motivation out to the universe?
Here are three ways anyone can celebrate "No Diet Day"
"I love me some ME!" There’s no point in trying to look like a celeb on a magazine cover. Did you know that those celebs don’t even look like that? Over 95 percent of media images are altered (not real). We can rock our different sizes and unique shapes. You can do it: Share what you value about your body and why - with yourself, a good friend, or on social media.
"Because I'm HAPPY..." We often think if we choose to be content, we’ve become complacent. That’s simply not the case. We can find health and happiness along the way. Try to let go of the “if/then” attitude. Being happy in the body you have is possible even while you’re working on making it healthier. You can do it: reflect on what you are grateful for today and why. Can you share three things?
"Can I Live?" Life is happening whether you are there or not. Might as well join the party. Remember that experience trumps appearance. So what happens if you don’t get out on the beach (the dance floor, the doctor’s office, the dinner club)? It’s very likely that you lose what could have been a delightful or enlightening event. Choosing the experience is the first step in making wonderful memories. You can do it: Share a picture of a recent joyful experience - and talk about how it made you feel.
About: Leslie Schilling and Rebecca Scritchfield are registered dietitian nutritionists and fitness experts and moms of girls. They co-founded "Dietitians for Body Confidence" to establish a dialogue about the valuable role dietitians can play in helping to improve body image. Learn more at www.RD4BC.com