Have you ever been on a diet?
I have and it was awful. I was miserable and I was obsessed with how many calories I eating. It ruined my entire life. It may sound like I am exaggerating but it’s true.
Contrary to popular belief, anti-diet doesn’t mean anti-health. It’s possible to be healthy without thinking frantically about food all the time. If you’re someone who doesn’t really understand the anti-diet culture, here are 5 Instagram influencers you need to follow.
Alex Light is the first person who comes to my mind when I am struggling with body image issues and I need someone to prep me up. Alex is an eating disorder recoverer herself so she perfectly understands how difficult this journey can be.
The best thing about Alex is that not only shares positive messages and memes but she creates a safe space for discussion where other women can also talk about their experiences. Her posts feel relatable and have made me feel more confident in my body over time. I highly recommend you follow her on Instagram.
Her platform grew really quickly, thanks to her amazing content. But sadly, anyone who talks about body positivity online gets trolled massively and Alex talks about that dark side of the internet too.
Here’s one of the statements from Alex, courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.
“And here’s the thing — I’m not even plus-sized. I am straight-sized and I wear a size 12–14. Can you imagine what it’s like for women in larger bodies? I dread to think. It almost makes me feel ashamed for complaining about my trolling experiences.”
Alex not only shares positive messages but also snippets from her life which makes it seem that she is your friend rather than just an influencer. She has a cute dog too so you’ll never be bored.
“I came to realize that the health and fitness industry is built off making money from women’s insecurities about their bodies and the idea that if you change your body, you’ll find happiness, confidence and success.”
That’s how Madalin shares her perspective on anti-diet culture and it’s something I completely resonate with.
If you look up Madalin on Google, you’ll see her old posts working out and basically being any other fitness influencer. But if you see recent posts from her Instagram, you’ll see how she has transformed her worldview entirely. She talks about working out for the right reasons, not just to lose weight.
She has recently started a newsletter that goes in-depth. Here’s an excerpt:
“So then back to the question, how do I quit dieting?
Let’s explore how it’s not achieved. It’s not achieved by replacing Negative Feelings with Positive Feelings.
Negative Feeling: I hate my body so I will diet. Replace with: Positive Feeling: I love my body so I will not diet.”
Megan Boswell is the face behind thehealthylabel. She is a New Zealand/ Australian citizen and is a professional dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics so we know her advice is legit. She believes that it’s possible to feel great in our bodies with dieting and overworking out.
If you eat plant-based, you’re going to love her account. She shares a wealth of information and many recipes that you can easily follow. She also shares advice about digestive health so if you have such problems, you should check her out.
This is what she shares about cheat days:
“I don’t believe in cheat days on principle. If you’re cheating on something (your diet) that implies to me that whatever you’re doing is probably not sustainable. You need to be able to have balance every day/week and maintain a positive relationship with food.”
Miranda is another registered dietitian that features on this list. She used to work in marketing but a meeting with a dietitian changed her life. And so she decided to take another career path and studied to become a dietitian.
This is how she describes her Instagram page:
“This page is for anyone who wants to (or is curious about) stepping away from counting and tracking. I believe there are other ways to nourish ourselves! And that’s what I teach.”
I first came across thenutrtiontea on Twitter but I think her Instagram is even better. She is a board-certified nutritionist so we know she knows what she is talking about. Her advice is well-informed and it’s not something that she picked up from the internet.
Shana Minei Spence believes in the theory of HAES which stands for Health At Every Size. She believes that every woman can be healthy and the size of our body doesn’t determine how healthy we are. Following her has really helped me heal my relationship with food.
She also provides one-on-one counselling so if you’re looking for a coach to guide you, you should contact her.
“All bodies are deserving of respect. All foods fit,” she says.
Why You Should Follow Anti-Diet Culture Influencers
Being healthy is not just about physical health but also our mental and emotional health. If working on your physical health is affecting the other two, you know you need to change your approach.
It can be difficult to figure out what really works and what doesn’t work. There is so much conflicting information on the internet and it can be difficult to determine who you should follow.
If you have body image issues, you need to understand that it will take some time for you to fully heal. It’s a journey that requires patience. Don’t be too harsh on yourself.
Also, you need to be careful about whose advice you follow. Everyone on the internet pretends to be an expert but they may just be an imposter. Besides, all bodies are different. What may work for someone else may not work for you.
So, be patient and be careful.
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