I’m Not Dieting. Or Am I?


Dieting. What a controversial topic. I feel most people do not want to be associated with dieting. Even though some people have this awareness that dieting is unhelpful and harmful, they still diet because they do not know what else to do or how else to behave.

There is a growing trend where dieting behaviours or dieting programs are hidden in amongst what were once innocent, well meaning words.

Examples include:

Healthy eating, clean eating, low CARBS, low fat, lifestyle change…

That’s right, people eating in the above way are often dieting.

To help you understand the differences between the traditional weight centered dieting paradigms and non-dieting weight neutral paradigm see the table below:

Weight Centered Dieting Paradigm Non-Dieting Weight Neutral Paradigm
Inflexible eating patterns Flexible eating patterns
Fixing body mentality Celebrating body mentality
Focused on weight/weight loss Focused on health (Nourishment and pleasure via positive eating and lifestyle behaviour changes)
Fear driven Trust driven
External diet plans or food & eating rules Internal connection with appetite and intuition.
Judgement Compassion
Feelings of inadequacy Feelings of being enough
Restriction and deprivation of food Abundance of food
Chaotic feeling Calm feeling
Depressed Happy
Fearing failure Relieved and hopeful
Unhealthy preoccupation with food and body Balanced body and mind
Guilt and shame Freedom
Unhealthy Healthy

What jumped out for you when reading this list? Are you dieting still or are you working on non-dieting?

Need support? Download your free copy of ‘How to Stay Focused to Never Diet Again’ and do that one thing.

Hi! I’m Natalie Thompson, a non-dieting Accredited Practising Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviours to help improve health whilst nurturing relationships with food and body. I help mums who struggle with nutrition and body image and worry about the impact they have on their children discover the joy in eating and make peace with food and their beautiful body whilst being the role model they imagine for their children, focusing on compassionately nourishing the mind, body and spirit of themselves and their children.

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