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You aren't a better person for eating kale and exercising daily

What do you value in the people you surround yourself with? Authenticity, loyalty, responsibility, kindness... the list can go on and on.

Where is healthy eating and running marathons on your list?

Nowhere? Good.

Now stop moralizing food choices ("I'm being bad today") and beating yourself up for not exercising. There are a million better things to work towards than being the cleanest eater or the best cross-fitter.

Acknowledge your privilege if you can afford organic food and a gym membership, and then start focusing on the real stuff.

Not everyone has the luxury of obsessing about every bite they put in their mouth or every day of cardio they miss. This fact is often forgotten in our diet-crazed, fat-fear-mongering culture, and its time we start questioning where our ideas of what living a healthy life come from. We have been taught that the pursuit of health is of utmost importance, often to the detriment of our relationships, social lives, bank accounts, and mental health.

Do some research into healthcare myths, Health At Every Size, social justice, and how capitalism and the patriarchal society have perpetuated diet culture. Look at this study, in which 75% of participants reported that weight and shape contributed moderately or primarily to how they felt about themselves, and 74.5% reported that their concerns about shape and weight interfered with their happiness. Shocked? I'm not.

Think about this quote from Virgie Tovar, awesome anti-diet activist: "the premise of modern day dieting is that if you work hard enough and exercise discipline, you can deserve to have all the things that make life worth living." (And read the article it came from for some real eye-opening stuff... )

Nobody is going to remember you for the time you chose baked chicken over fried. Time to unravel those diet messages that are stopping you from living a truly valuable life.

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