A New Year’s Resolution We Can Get Behind: A Year Free to Diet Culture

December 28, 2023

The beginning of a new year often stirs a range of emotions. While many embark on setting resolutions, it’s crucial to recognize that resolutions come in various forms. Losing weight by changing eating habits and increasing exercise is a common goal for the new year, but it doesn’t have to be yours. For individuals navigating eating disorders, seeing others focus on diet and exercise can be challenging.

Diet Culture and Resolutions

The onslaught of diet culture messages disguised as “resolutions” can induce feelings of inadequacy, especially for those struggling with their relationship to food and their body. Additionally, the winter season, with its shorter days and longer nights, poses difficulties for those grappling with seasonal depression, elevating the risk of isolation and potential setbacks in their journey.

Being more mindful about the content we are taking in each day and the harmful impact of diet culture is a more balanced way to look at change in the new year. You can do that by auditing your social media feeds to remove problematic accounts and start looking up content around new interests or hobbies for example. You can listen to podcasts or pick up a book on topics that bring light and energy to your life while silencing the diet culture’s voice.

What Other Kinds of Resolutions Can We Set?

Your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to revolve around your weight or body. Embrace goals centered on practicing self-care, cultivating positive relationships, and pursuing personal growth. Shift the focus from external appearance to general fulfillment, promoting a more sustainable and positive approach to mental and emotional wellness.

Consider setting intentions like incorporating daily mindfulness practices, such as meditation or gratitude journaling, into your routine. Embrace physical activities that bring joy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or trying a new sport. Prioritize mental health by committing to regular therapy sessions or dedicating time to activities that reduce stress. Schedule regular catchups with loved ones and friends. Make your new year about the addition of positivity, not the restriction of food.

This year, encourage yourself and those around you to view the new year with a different approach – one centered around intentions instead of rigid resolutions. By attaching fewer expectations, we pave the way for a year of increased self-compassion.

And if focusing on resolutions this year feels too difficult, that is also ok. January 1st is just a day like any other, and it doesn’t have to mark a life change if you don’t want it to.

If you or someone you love may be struggling with an eating disorder, help is out there. If you’re interested in learning more about our programs at Monte Nido & Affiliates, please visit www.MonteNidoAffiliates.com or email Admissions@MonteNidoAffiliates.com to connect with a member of our Admissions Team.

Monte Nido & Affiliates delivers clinically comprehensive, research-backed treatment to adults and adolescents with eating and co-occurring disorders, within a healing environment. As a Miami, FL-based company, Monte Nido & Affiliates has over 50 programs, offering a full continuum of care. Founded in 1996, Monte Nido & Affiliates specializes in the treatment of eating disorders for all genders and includes four distinct clinical programs: Monte Nido, Walden Behavioral Care, Clementine, and Rosewood Centers. For over two decades, our tenured and expert staff — which includes recovered professionals — has delivered treatment that leads to full recovery. For more information, please visit: montenidoaffiliates.com.