Wedding Diet Culture

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Wedding Diet Culture

Hello Everyone!

 

Weddings are a multi-billion dollar industry that profit off both one of your biggest milestones and by stirring up all sorts of insecurities.

 

Number one insecurity that is highlighted?

 

Body image.

 

“I’m trying to lose X pounds before the wedding”

“I have to tighten X for my wedding day”

“I can’t try on wedding dresses until I change X”

 

Have you heard any of these statements before?

 

Between supporting my clients and friends, and now my own experience as a bride-to-be, these statements have been omnipresent.

 

And I’m not OK with this.

 

How can we challenge wedding diet culture?

 

By committing to practice body love and steering clear of the following:

 

1. NO DIETING

Duhhhhhh! While I’m all about feeling good in your body, I want you to embrace the body you have the days before you get engaged, the day you get engaged, the day you get married, and all the days after.

If you want to learn more about nutrition and how to nourish your body though, I encourage you to see a dietitian who practices the philosophy of HAES, or health at every size, and specializes in eating disorders. This way you are being supported by someone who recognizes the importance of fueling your body with food and love.

 

2. Dressing for an Inauthentic Body

Often times, women will pick a dress for:

“When I lose X pounds”

“When I change XYZ about XYZ”

“Actually put a size X because I’ll fit in by the wedding”

Instead, pick a dress that speaks to your personal style and allows you to feel confident as you say “I do” and soak up every second of the day.

 

3. Sweatin’ for the Weddin’

Who’s seen this phrase around?

Moving your body is meant to be a fun exercise (pun intended 😉 ), not an activity that is meant for burning calories, creating chiseled body parts for a photo, or the reason you give yourself permission to eat.

If you really want to change up or start a workout routine, try group classes that promote socialization, yoga to destress, or work with a personal trainer who promotes body positivity.

 

4. Listening to or Buying into Negative Talk

Unfortunately, not everyone recognizes the importance of body positivity.

Practice self-love by:

Limiting your reading of tips on “How to change your body for the big day” etc, etc.

Not engaging in conversations about diet talk or body shaming.

Creating a gratitude list of the amazing things your body does for you.

Reframing negative self-talk by telling yourself what you would tell someone you love.

 

Ready to rebel against diet culture?! AWESOME!

 

Have stories or tips on how you have or want to rebel? Send them over!

 

Keep Adventuring 🙂

Brie