The Girl Kind: Calling BS on The Diet Industry Reflection

Hello! Welcome Back! At first I was going to make today’s post into a master post of some of my favorite podcast episodes, but when I listened back to them and started taking notes I realized I had WAY to much to say for just one post. So, that being said I thought I’d turn it into a little series. That way I can tell you my favorite episodes and share what I got from them as a way for you guys to see if they’d be something you’re interested in. 99.999% of the episodes I will be talking about in this series are going to be from The Girl Kind Podcast by Stephanie Dawn Elizabeth. When I first had the idea for this post, I wanted to include why Stephanie made The Girl Kind Podcast. What as her mission with it? So I messaged her on Instagram asking just that and she replied

“The Girl Kind Podcast was born out of a desire to create space for woman and girls to share their stories and really just have raw, real, vulnerable conversations so that we can all feel a little less alone. I had NO idea the massive impact and growth it would have in such a short time and I literally could not be more grateful for every single person who listen and supports”

I absolutely loved what she said, and it rings true with myself. With everything going on in my life currently feeling a little less alone was something I really needed. I actually never listened to a podcast before but then one day after my brother constantly telling me how great podcasts are, I decided to check one out for myself. I found this one, and the first episode I listened to is the one I’m talking about today. Calling BS on Diet Industry with Beth Rosen, it INSTANTLY spoke to me on such a personal level and it was like my mind exploded with thoughts and feelings that I had to get out into the world. So here we are, writing a whole blog post on the episode. I wanted this episode to be the first one in my new series because it’s something I think a lot of you guys will relate to as well. Unfortunately, most of us at some point in our lives have tried dieting, so I do hope this post inspires you to check out the full episode.

In this episode Stephanie and Beth talk about how damaging the diet industry is to us both mentally and even physically. Beth Rosen is actually a registered Dietitian and a Diet-Free Living Expert, which means she helps teach her clients about love & health a EVERY SIZE. In this episode I learned some very shocking facts that being older and able to look back on my life, makes me so upset for the younger generations. They were speaking about how by the age of 13 80% of girls are dieting. That is absolutely insane to me, think back to when you were 13, how simple minded you were. I know personally at 13 I was thinking about Nick Jonas, not dieting and it’s heart breaking to think that girls that young and younger are already being fed this narrative that they need to be smaller. They are being bombarded with information that feds into diet culture, which is making woman & girls believe that they are suppose to be in a smaller body. We are being made to believe good things will come when you are in a smaller body, you’ll be happier in a smaller body. For these young girls, they will have more friends, more boys will like them if they are in a smaller body. Possibly the most damaging thing for these young girls and woman is all the conflicting information they are getting regarding diets. Have you ever noticed how contradicting diets are? You will hear one diet tells you to ONLY eat certain foods but then on another diet those same exact foods will be labeled “bad.” How in the world are you suppose to know what your suppose to eat if all this information we are given is contradicting itself? ( secret time; you’re not suppose to know, the diet industry wants to confuse you so that they can keep taking your money time and time again after you “fall off the wagon” and then try a different diet.)

Another really interesting topic that was spoken about in this podcast is the set point theory. This wasn’t something I had ever heard of before this podcast, but it really caught my attention. The Set Point Theory is basically that our bodies like to be at a set weight, and it knows what weight it is suppose to be. Whether it’s meant to be smaller or larger, tall or short whatever have you, you’re body knows where it’s suppose to be. When I heard this theory I instantly thought of new mothers who just gave birth. You see new mom’s working SO hard to get back to their “pre baby” body when in reality, if they just take care of themselves their body will pull itself back to where it’s meant to be. It’s always so fascinating to me what our bodies are capable of and the signs they give us. You know when you start a new diet that has you restricting foods and how the first thing you restrict yourself from is the first thing you can’t for the life of you stop thinking about? Beth pointed out in the podcast that is happening because our body is sending us signals to crave certain foods, since our body’s don’t understand restrictive eating. Our bodies really don’t understand the difference between us dieting and actual starvation so it goes into survival mode which makes it harder for you to lose weight. I found this to be so eye opening because you hear woman who are so confused as to why they aren’t losing weight while trying all these diets even though they are following the diet word for word. Our body starts to slow our metabolism so that it has what it needs in case it’s not getting that with us restricting foods.

One point in this episode that really hit home with me is that health doesn’t mean small. As a woman who is plus sized it was really comforting to hear those words because the second you see a larger woman loving her body you have the Twitter or Instagram police saying they are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Beth explained it in a really great way, she was explaining how health can not be seen on the outside, that your health is determined by all those tests that the doctors do when you get blood taken. The size of your body does not automatically equal good or bad health. I’m actually turning “Health doesn’t mean small” into my mantra because I can not tell you how many people have been “worried” about my health due to my weight even when I tell them that all my blood tests came back normal. To be honest with you, it’s annoying to have to constantly justify that I am healthy simply because I have a larger body. That being said, if you are unhealthy regardless of the size of your body. There are lifestyle changing that you can make to ensure you see the progress you’re looking for without the never ending circles of weight cycling from dieting.

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The biggest thing I want you to get out of this post or this podcast if you choose to listen is that, the size of your body is never going to equal sustainable happiness. You will get to a smaller size and have temporary bliss but then you’ll realize society is STILL going to say you need to be smaller and then you’re right back at square one again. It’s also important to remember that people are not going to remember you because of the size of your pants, they are going to remember you because of the morals you set and the person you were on the inside. I know that sounds like it should be on a Hallmark card but it’s true. It’s something I am still trying to teach myself because too many woman determine their worth off of the size of their bodies. If someone is going to determine your worth of the size of your body, the problem is with them not you. Your body is always going to be changing, due to many different factors whether it be to overeating from mental illness or hormones or the fact that you are growing life inside your body. You’ll always be changing and that’s okay. We are so quick to accept inner change but when it comes to physical change we cast judgment if that change is anything other then becoming smaller, and that should not be the case. I do really hope that you check out this podcast, and see what you take away from it. I will leave it linked down below. As I briefly mentioned earlier, I am so glad that I found this podcast because it honestly lite a fire in me. The past few months have handed me some unexpected mountains and this podcast really taught me the importance of tending to myself. It reminded me how passionate I am about self- care and self-kindess. I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and that you are looking forward to this new series on my blog because, I know I am. Leave me recommendations of podcasts that you love down in the comments, I love hearing from you guys. Thanks for stopping by, until next time,

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich.x

The Girl Kind Podcast

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Hi! I’m Michelle, but you can call me Mich. I’m just your normal 24 year old trying to figure out life and thought I’d share some of my experiences and interests with the world. This blog will cover all things under the sun from makeup favorites to mental health to religion and everything serious or not so serious in between! I want us to build a little community filled with love and support so please leave me comments and hit that follow button on your way out. This blog has a very special place in my heart and feels like a important part of my path in life so I hope you stay a while and check out what it’s like to be Simply Michelle. Be Nice. Be Good.

22 thoughts on “The Girl Kind: Calling BS on The Diet Industry Reflection

  1. I loved this! Great series concept. I haven’t listened to this podcast before but it sounds like something I’d really enjoy! I’ve heard of the set point before and it makes so much sense. My weight has only really fluctuated a few pounds either way since I was about 14, no matter how I’m eating or my lifestyle. People are forever telling me how strange that is but I guess my body knows what it likes x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  2. This was such a lovely post to read, I’ve never really thought about my weight until the past few years and I think about it a lot as I’m not the same as I used to be and I’m gradually accepting that! I think diets are rubbish and never actually work, will be giving this podcast a try! X

  3. This podcast sounds like something I would love to listen to. The Set Point Theory is so interesting, our bodies are so clever! I love the mantra “Health doesn’t mean small” – I think as long as we feel happy and well, it doesn’t really matter about the size of our jeans. Thanks for sharing Mich, I’m definitely going to check out The Girl Kind Podcasts and will look forward to reading more inspirational posts in your series <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. I couldn’t agree more! there is so much more that goes into “being well” than just our weight and body size. it included both our physical and mental health. everything is connected in a big circle 💓

  4. This podcast sounds great and I honestly HATE diet culture. I’ve been swept up in it as I’m sure most of us has and I have no doubt that diet culture, along with the media and magazines have had a huge impact on how I feel about myself today – which isn’t good. Great post xxx

  5. Wow, this podcast really sounds amazing. I haven’t really listened to any before, but I’m definitely going to go check this one out. I can’t believe that 80% of 13 year olds are dieting?! That would have never crossed my mind when I was 13!!! I can’t believe it, that’s terrible. When you are 13 you should be having fun, not worrying about that sort of thing at all! Great post, thank you for sharing 🙂 I look forward to reading more in this series you are doing!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. I could not agree more, it’s so sad to think they are already worried about their bodies at that age. their body is going through such important changes around that age, weight and body size are bound to fluctuate

  6. I love this new series you are doing. I’ve not listened to this podcast before but this episode sounds super interesting. I cannot believe that by the age of 13 80 percent start dieting!! That’s absolutely unbelievable, I never even thought about any of that until probably my 20s! I suppose nowadays social media is taking over the world, all everyone see’s now is these super models on Instagram and people just think that they should be the same size, it’s sad! Thank you for sharing this, it makes me want to listen to it! 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. glad you enjoyed! i like what you said about social media, even when you see people who have lost a lot of weight some of them make it seem like happiness wasn’t an option until they became smaller. I understand that to an extent because happiness is different for everyone but still it’s sad that people put happiness and body size in the same category

  7. I’ve never really been one to listen to podcasts but this sounds like something I would definitely be interested in listening too, I can’t wait to check this out (:

    Alys / withlovealys.com

  8. It’s really disheartening to see young girls being influenced by these diet fads. All for what? To see an extra rib? Sigh! These girls should be loved and taught self love. Will definitely look into this podcast 🙂
    xoxo Ros (ZenHealth.net)

  9. Great post Mich ❤ I never listen to podcasts to be honest, I never feel as if I have the time! But this one sounds really interesting and is definitely on a subject that I feel strongly about (I did a post not so long ago about body image etc which I know you’ve seen).
    You’re totally right in that if somebody judges you on your size rather than how you are as a person, then it says a damn sight more about them and their (nasty) character. Stay beautiful! 😊😊

    http://www.misablogsabit.com

  10. This was honestly a fascinating read! I can’t believe 80% of 13-year-olds are dieting! What?! Back then all I thought about where having good friends and having sleepovers or trips out. I’m actually thankful that at that age I could eat whatever I want without giving it a second thought. That’s how *all* 13-year-olds should be. Also, the part about the diets deliberately trying to mislead really surprised me. It seems so cruel and all for the sake of money. So, so sad! x

    Alicia | http://www.aliciabynature.co.uk

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