Should we expect more from health & wellness professionals?

The short answer to that question is: Yes, of course we should.

It's no secret that I believe the health and wellness community doesn't really care about health and wellness. It's common practice in the community to reinforce harmful messages about bodies and perpetuate limited and privliged definitions of "health".

If you take a look around, you'll see that what's currently being offered in many spaces dedicated to 'healing' and 'health' are actually unhelpful at best... and harmful at worst. 

I'm reclaiming fitness from diet culture

In late November I started a new job and there's a beautiful gym facility right on campus. I joined on my first day because I was thrilled for the opportunity to get back to working out consistently after having a not-so-regular routine for 2+ years.

I had BIG plans to get up early, be at the gym by 5:30am, do my thing, then get showered and dressed in enough time to be at my desk and sipping coffee by 8:00. This would happen 3 to 4 times a week.

It was perfect. 

The risk of giving up the weight loss fantasy

 

Letting go of dieting is a huge risk. It's like going into the great unknown. 

Even though you can see dieting for the mindless, life-sucking ploy it is, it's still very familiar.

You pretty much know what's going to happen: a lot of sacrifice, some weight loss, a few compliments, followed shortly by falling off the wagon, the weight comes back, and then you hate yourself.

And the cycle just repeats over and over again.