217: How to say no to diet culture – with Autumn Shields (PART ONE)

By February 15, 2022The Simplifiers Podcast

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Let’s talk about an insidious little thing called diet culture – why (and how) to say no to it. It’s the culprit behind why Americans spend over $30 billion on diet products annually and an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. But what is it, really? Diet culture, in short, is that collective set of social expectations that puts value on thinness above all else, which in turn, impacts how we view our bodies and treat others. When you don’t fit the mold, diet culture drives a wedge between you and the rest of society… and your body is to blame.

My special guest today is author Autumn Shields and she’s simplifying how to say no to diet culture. First things first, you need to know how to spot it in your life. So, here are a few quick-fire examples:

  • Before/after transformation photos? Diet culture.
  • “Omg, you look so good! Did you lose weight?” Diet culture.
  • Pitting food as the enemy, classifying it as good vs. bad foods? Diet culture.
  • “Oof, I ate too much last night… I better workout extra hard today.” Yup, you guessed it… Diet culture.

Which is just a shame because it’s all a vicious cycle… most of us who go on super restrictive diets simply gain the weight back (and some more). Why do we want to change our bodies so much? So, what I’m proposing to us all (myself included) is that we stop the cycle. What if no diet is the best diet of them all? Let’s say no to diet cycle.

Here’s how. 

My special guest today is Autumn Shields and she’s simplifying how to say no to diet culture.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • Her take on diet culture and where it can stem from as early as childhood
  • We hear that self-love is the antidote but for some of us, that’s a BIG leap… she gives us baby steps to help us get there
  • What she means by inner nudgeshow to listen to them and what positive effect it has on your body and wellness, overall
  • How intuitive eating works as an alternative to dieting
  • …and ultimately, if you’re tired of being in a battle with your body and ready for something different, Autumns paints us a picture of what life could be like on the other side of saying no to diet culture by truly listening to your body, instead.

Let me state the obvious for the record: make sure to talk to your doctor for professional advice on your health and your body. Today’s episode is just a highlight of my own journey, sharing the insight I’ve learned along the way.

I encourage you to talk to a friend about this episode. I’m willing to bet they’ve struggled with this very same issue at some point in their life as well. Fat talk like “my thighs are huge” or “I was so bad yesterday – I had that massive meal” or “no one is going to love me at this size” seeps in everywhere. 

Something to consider… As author Virgie Tovar puts it, “you are not afraid of being fat. You are afraid of being treated like a fat person.” 

Ooof, if this hits home for you, my wish is that today’s episode helps to build a dialogue to unpack the negative effects of decades and decades of diet culture… and help you to stop dieting and begin to find peace with your body.

Q: Are you ready to say no to diet culture? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!


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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and to help you spot diet culture in your life? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Living Your Life Alive: Learning to Listen and Follow Your Inner Nudge – Autumn Shields

Freebie: 7-day guide on how to live your life fully alive – Autumn Shields

Book: Atomic Habits – James Clear

Podcast: The Living Alive Show with Autumn Shields

Podcast: How to listen to your body, featuring Irene Lyon – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Autumn Shields

Autumn Shields – She is a speaker, author, podcaster and entrepreneur.  Autumn was a police victim advocate in Colorado. During her career she was able to assist thousands of crime victims.  While she was working in this field and helping raise four children, Autumn started to build a business in social marketing with a health and wellness company.  Within a few years she promoted to the top 1% in her company.  

She now lives a life by design and helps others do the same.  She published a book called, Living Your Life Alive: Learning to Listen and Follow Your Inner Nudge and hosts a podcast called The Living Alive Show. She has a passion for helping others achieve a life that they dream of by learning how to follow life’s nudges and step into their purpose.  Autumn guides people to truly live their life alive. She is an island girl.  She resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in the summer and on San Pedro in Belize in the winter.

Where Autumn hangs out online:

Website: thenudges.com

Instagram: @livingyourlifealive

Facebook: @autumn.envp

 

Autumn’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

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