I received a comment on my blog last week that claimed my blog, “propagates diet culture,” and that I should be ashamed of myself. At first, I was offended and immediately deleted the comment. Now, I wish I’d left the comment and had an open discussion, but I reacted before I had time to think. In reality, I hope this site challenges ‘diet culture’ and replaces it with a wellness mindset.
The truth is, I never really looked at my blog as propagating anything. I always just thought of it as my little corner of the internet where I could share my favorite recipes and household tips. However, this comment got me thinking about my beliefs on dieting in general.
- I believe that our culture has unrealistic body standards and expectations from women largely because of the HUGE industries profiting off of our low self-esteem. The diet industry, the beauty industry, fitness, plastic surgery. (I never really considered myself a part of that.)
- I believe that while “diet culture” and unrealistic body standards are a bad thing, wellness is a great thing.
- I believe that while we strive to feel good about our bodies, we should also strive to feel good in our bodies.
- I believe that all women should feel beautiful in their own skin.
- I wish more women would wear shorts or swimsuits on without feeling self-conscious about their bodies.
Body Image and Diet Culture
I have struggled with positive body image throughout my life. I have been many weights in my lifetime, and I felt just as awful about myself at 118 pounds as I did closer to 200.
Now that I am older, I have gotten better, but it’s still a struggle every day not to criticize the imperfect parts of myself. I try every day to have a positive mindset, and I’ve tweaked the way I look at my body.
Instead of having a goal weight, I want to be stronger, faster, and more flexible. I want to feel better every day so that I have more energy for the things and people that I love.
I want to be healthy and content, and I want the same for all of you as well.
I know that I feel healthiest when I’m eating well, and, for me, that’s when I eat keto. While keto is a great way to eat, it may not be for everyone. For me, it’s easier than calorie counting, but for many women, it’s incredibly hard.
I feel like with the right knowledge and support a lot of us will thrive on the keto diet.
Wellness Mindset and Body Image
However, I never want to profit off of another woman’s low self-esteem, but I know that the food we eat has a direct relationship to how we feel.
So, I will continue to share my keto recipes and others. I will continue to share strategies for staying well in a busy life, but I will also focus less on weight and more on wellness and health.
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