As we start the new year and as post-holiday diet culture begins its assault, I have some words I want you to hear. A healthy diet and movement routine is actually pretty darn simple. It’s not as big and scary and complicated as diet culture makes it out to be.
A big part of the problem with health and diet culture is its constant selling of perfection; the perfect body, perfect health, perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect nails, perfect workout routine, perfect water consumption, perfect discipline, and so on. I mean really, how many times have you been shamed by these people and companies into thinking “I could be better/thinner/stronger/etc.”? And yet ironically there’s a pretty well known phrase we say, you know the one... “there’s no such thing as perfect”. And it may be something you say to a friend, or more likely to a child, but when was the last time you reminded yourself of that little ole truism amidst your meanest moments to yourself? Probably never. We’re so good at being our own worst critics that it can be hard to find grace for yourself in a mean, body-hating moment.
But it’s true. There’s no such thing as perfect. There’s no perfect food or diet that you have yet to discover, there’s no perfect exercise combination that you just haven’t figured out yet, there’s no perfect product or supplement that will erase life’s wear and tear. It’s just life and so long as you keep eating food that makes you feel good (mind/body/soul), keep moving and finding kindness for your body for everything it is and isn’t, you will find peace and freedom in a much simpler approach. And doesn’t that sound way better than perfection?