What have carrots got to do with the diets?

February 20, 2021

Let’s talk about diet culture. I’ll use the analogy of the carrots to help you understand it better.

Rejecting the diet culture

Developing Body kindness means prioritising respect for yourself and your body as it is now. And for everyone else’s body too.

This also involves rejecting the diet culture making weight-loss the measure of success, and a thin body shape the measure of your worth.

👉What is it exactly this ‘diet culture’?

Let’s make an example:

🥕Think about women’s body as carrots🥕

We all know that carrots in nature come in different shapes, colours and sizes. It’s normal. It’s nature.

And here come the supermarkets: unless you are a carrot with a certain colour, shape, or size they will not put you on the shelves. Because, to their judgment, they are not appealing, and for that reason they are not worth being displayed on the shelves.

🛒Diet culture is the supermarkets.

The carrots value obviously doesn’t come from their shape and size. A different carrot can be as good and as tasty as the one supermarkets want on display. It’s just as good in taste. We all know this, but still the supermarket decides what’s good to go for sale or not.

Diet culture is the same. It has decided that it’s beautiful to be thin, to be a certain shape and weight. Over the years, this has had an huge impact in the way we has women talk to ourselves and criticize our body.

What does it look like in real life?

Diet culture isn’t something abstract. So, what does it look like in real life?

It could be the comment a schoolmate makes about how bad you look, or a remark from your mother or another family member maybe saying: “If you keep eating all that chocolate, you know you’re going to get bigger and bigger”.

If I asked you to give me 🥕 if you, or anyone you know, have been treated like a ‘bad carrot’ before, I’m sure I’d have a lifelong carrot supply. What do you think? 🙂


PS: There is lot you can do to heal your relationship with food and body and let go of the diet mentality.

That’s what my work is all about and what I try to spread through this blog, in my private Facebook Community and working every day 1:1 with my clients. I’m here to help.

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Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in binge and emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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Donatella Porceddu Psychologist & Eating Coach specialised in Binge Eating, Overeating, Emotional Eating, Food freedom, anti-diet approach. 1:1 support through my Make Peace with Food program.

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