If you struggle to ignore negative messages about what you should (and shouldn’t) eat, how much you should weigh, and how your body should look every January, we get it. We live in a culture that puts thinness on a pedestal, equating it with health, virtue, and, ultimately, your worth as a human being. These toxic ideas are relentless year-round, but they kick into an even higher gear after the holidays, increasing the pressure to strive for impossible body ideals.
To make things more challenging, most of us have been steeped in diet culture since we were little kids—so even though we know, intellectually, that what we look like shouldn’t matter and that we should treat ourselves with kindness, these beliefs can still seep in and influence how we think, talk, act, and view ourselves (and each other). In other words: Wanting to feel more at peace with food and your body is one thing, but putting it into practice can be really, really, really hard—especially around New Year’s.
That’s where SELF’s Diet Culture Detox course comes in. As a brand, we’re more committed than ever to countering damaging beliefs about food and bodies. So instead of launching another new workout program this January, we decided to bring you a month’s worth of helpful tips for drowning out diet culture’s toxic noise.
If you sign up today, starting on January 2, you’ll get two emails per week filled with practical advice from compassionate experts on topics like eating intuitively, accepting your body, and challenging diet rules—all meant to help you work toward food and body freedom.
Diet culture wasn’t built in a day, so of course it’s going to take more than a month to dismantle it, but SELF’s Diet Culture Detox course can help make the process feel much less daunting. Whether you’ve been working on this stuff for years or you’ve only recently started to realize your beliefs about food and bodies are doing more harm than good, we hope this newsletter series arms you with new tools that you can rely on when your inner critic won’t shut up—and fills you with a whole lot of hope that there is a better, more satisfying way forward.