Updated: May 21, 2019
Diet culture is poisonous. Plain and simple, it hurts millions of people mentally and physically, it encourages unhealthy relationships with food and weight loss, it also encourages fatphobia, and costs us billions of pounds a year.
I am firmly body positive and I love how I look, but there is something I need to do, and it involves dieting.
I am curious and scared as to whether I can still be body positive and go on a diet.
Now lets get a few facts clear before you write me off completely as a body positive blogger.
7 weeks to the day today I will be dancing at the Irish Dancing World Championships in Eindhoven. I've previously mentioned this and will do a bigger post on it soon, but after not dancing for 4 years and doing other sports instead, I have found that my fitness specifically for Irish dancing has slipped. With 7 weeks to go I have been dancing at least 3 times a week for the last 6 months, and although I eat relatively healthily, I need to get more focused for the next 7 weeks.
I am not going on any fad diets and I am not using any programmes.
Im not letting myself go hungry either.
I will be tracking my food, and calorie restricting.
My body and the acceptance that comes with that knows that in the next 7 weeks I'm going to be putting it under a lot of pressure, and that I want to be in the healthiest way possible.
I don't want to lose weight. I don't hate my body any more or less, and I am trying to do this in the healthiest way possible.
Diet culture sucks, but eating and controlling my food and excervise for me and my dancing is something that I feel necessary in order to reach my goals.
Body positivity is difficult, its filled with contradictions, and the more I accept that, the happier I am.
The next 7 weeks are going to be difficult but its worth it for fulfilling a dream of dancing at the world championships again, and I know that finding fitness and health within myself, and putting them towards a goal that does not involve weightloss, or becoming less of myself.
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