I've been listening to the audiobook of this book and upon 10 minutes of listening, I felt like so much of my struggles were identified that I wanted to cry. I know, right? Sounds silly, but you have to understand- It's shockingly emotional to recognize your eating and body insecurity issues and then take the first steps at fighting them. After nearly 25 years of my existence with having my mothers, "Suck in your stomach." playing on repeat and my idea of needing to fit in a size 2 to be considered beautiful, I'm ready to take the journey of loving myself and stop wanting to jump off a cliff every time I eat anything- even if it's just a banana.
Surrendering my obsessive control over food has been difficult and now that I'm able to identify how insane diet culture is, I feel a bit relieved and freed from a prison I've been in for my whole life. It's going to take more practice, but I can already tell that it's paying off. I'm sitting here and I'm learning how crazy diet culture is and how much of it I see everywhere. How that feeling of not being able to succeed to get those size 2's causes a lot of us to stop eating or do the exact opposite- because, why bother? It's impossible for some of us to obtain that idealized body because we are literally not built that way. The flailing between the two needs to stop. I just want to be me and I just want to feel good.
Getting this book was a very important decision I made towards self-care. I'm already about to gift this book to my younger sister and any friend of mine I know suffers from the infliction of diet culture and #fitspo trash on the internet, which is basically every woman and girl I know.
I like how it broke down each step but gave you quizzes and work to help work through it. This was my audio book so personally I prefer to read as I soak it in more but liked it helped when short on time as I’m a new mum.