I KNOW RIGHT!? HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE I BITCHED AND COMPLAINED ABOUT HOW MUCH SOCIETY'S STANDARDS FUCK US ALL INTO AN UNIMAGINABLE HELL HOLE OF SELF-LOATHING AND SHAME!?
Answer is: It's been awhile.
I've been quiet, I've kept my mouth shut (which is odd for me, I know). I've been more concerned with posting updates on my progress as of late simply because that's all I've been able to muster up the energy to do. However, I really can't sit idly by and take this much longer or I think I am going to explode into glitter and rainbows all over the place. Like unicorn vomit. Sorry for giving you that mental image.
I'm really not that sorry.
I've bitched and complained about a lot in my past, especially about the diet industry and how it promotes self-loathing, body-shame, destroys self-esteem and promotes unattainable beauty ideals while claiming it's "changing lives", giving people "their lives back", and swearing that their methods are foolproof and that you will be happy if you participate in the madness that is the dieting and beauty industry. I've just been getting really irritated since Halloween at the number of ads, infographics, memes, email newsletters, and pinterest pins that are doing nothing but promoting a pseudo idea that you can "have your cake/pie/turkey dinner/holiday feast/cupcake/dessert/caloric drink/Halloween treat and eat it too". Here's the catch. These handy little infographics may appear as if they are supporting the "treat yo'self|" mentality, but there is more than meets the eye, and it isn't even subtle! For every morsel you put in your mouth, they pair exactly how much exercise one needs to do in order to "burn" off whatever you've eaten!
It's that simple!! You can rest easy knowing that you can eat your mini snickers bar so long as you run up and down the stairs 40 times! Don't worry! You can have Pumpkin Pie after dinner as long as you make sure you got that 22 minute run in earlier today! I highly doubt anyone wants to look at their dinner plate, dessert, or mid afternoon snack and think "Oooo doesn't this look lovely! A plate of 40 pile squats, 50 minuets of cardio, 50 jumping jacks and 3 sets of 20 mountain climbers!". I'll admit, I've thought this way in the past. I've eaten numbers and not food. Let me tell you, it is not fun. We really shouldn't be made to feel that we as people are "good" or "bad" depending on what we've consumed. How often have you heard a girlfriend say "OMG I was so BAD last night! I had like, two cupcakes!". How often have you seen people preemptively skip meals or attend the gym and hit it harder than they really need to so that they feel they "deserve" whatever indulgences they may or may not be participating in on Friday night.
The diet industry puts food on a pedestal. It makes "fun food" into something that has to be deserved. If you don't deserve it then you are a miserable human being with no self-control who clearly has a death wish to be a fat-ass (because let's just face it, people, fat is a fate worse than death. I'm actually not kidding, there are many people, including almost 80% of girls from 8-10 years old who fear fat more than death, cancer, or losing a loved one)!
What we need to come to realize is that all food fits into our diet, no matter what it is. If you want to eat dessert every day, well do it. You don't need to feel as if you need to do something special in order to "deserve" your Thanksgiving dinner, or a piece of your friend's birthday cake. If you want something, you fucking have it. Everything in moderation. Eat healthy food most of the time, get out and move a little bit. The moment you deprive yourself and make something "off limits" or "bad", the moment it becomes special, something you want, and causes guilt if you allow yourself to have it.
Think of it this way, if everything the diet and beauty industries endorsed was true... like how the latest diet that consists of an 800 calorie meal plan and causes 11 pounds of weight loss a week will make you happy... wouldn't everybody in the world be skinny, successful and happy? You would think so. But you see, skinny isn't necessarily happy, the depictions of "health" you see in the media are more often than not very unhealthy. "Fitspiration" has become the new "thinspiration". It's just another vehicle for self-hate, comparing ourselves to others, and constantly feeling we need to improve ourselves. We have society's unattainable beauty ideals to thank for that.
So, be you, fuck the system, and eat the damn cake.
*sigh* Rant over.
In other news, today marks the 31st day I have not stepped on a scale. Tomorrow marks three months eating intuitively. Let me tell you, even within the past few days my eating adventures have become quite exciting. I'm trying new things, and trying to have something new every day (usually I change up breakfast). I'm gearing up for the holidays (a topic which will more than likely have several blog posts dedicated to it), Anyway, I feel better, so I'm going to stop ranting and raving now.
What are your pet peeves when it comes to beauty ideals/the diet industry?