☃️’TIS THE SEASON…
For body comments, unsolicited advice, food moralizing…+ the lead up to the biggest time of year for diet pushing (oh hi- January 1!)
Stressing out over the impending holiday season?
Worried about that aunt/grandparent/cousin who is always commenting about weight and their next diet?
Let's chat about some strategies to help you avoid or diffuse those situations this holiday season!
Stopping the cycle of diet culture takes action.
Are these the easiest steps in the world?
I’d be lying if I said yes…
However- we must start somewhere.
You might not be ready for the steps.
That’s totally OK too! Just knowing you have options can be helpful.
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You've got this...I believe in you 🎁❤️
1. Set boundaries ahead of time -
Tell your family you don’t want to hear it when it comes to weight/diet talk. You can be as firm or friendly as you like. Enlist a trusted ally within your family for back—up if you can. (Even if it’s your 5 year old nephew!) This one takes courage but you can do it.
2. Prepare an “escape” plan-
Plan ahead for how to get out of diet/body conversations. Change the subject, re-affirm your ‘no thanks’ stance on these topics, if my favorite…simply sit there & say nothing (this really unnerves some people into talking about something else.) Write out a script, practice with a friend or in front of the mirror to boost your confidence.
3. Report diet ads-
You can take a social media break and/or press those three dots at the top of a post to “report” it for being misleading on IG. This can teach the algorithm what you’re interested in so that could mean less ads in your future.
4. Be gentle with yourself-
Remember…you have to live with yourself, so be kind. Especially during the holidays there are so many variables you can’t control.
If all else fails, take a deep breath, a long shower or leave an event early.
You deserve to be respected & cared for no matter what the season is.
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About the Author
Lily lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband. She loves to lift heavy, watch vintage movies and cheer on her fellow warrior queens!