I eat beyond fullness sometimes, sure. But “slipping up”? Nah. That’s the guilt-trip language of diet culture, trying to pull me back into its orbit. Slipping up goes hand in hand with getting back on track, and I already know how this story goes for me — restrict, binge, restrict, binge, forever and forever amen.
A slip-up implies a mistake; getting something wrong. In diet culture, food behaviors are delineated as right vs. wrong, good vs. bad. But when there is no right or wrong, in food choices or food quantity, the fear of slipping up loses its power. And that’s how you get your power back.
I’d argue that the real “slip-up” to worry about is backsliding into the guilt and shame of diet culture. Rather than blaming the symptom — and yourself — try focusing on the social and physiological forces that got you to this point. To escape the diet cycle, you have to start with the diet mindset.
(For the record: Recovery looks different for everyone, and whatever is working for you is fabulous. Really! Keep doing what you’re doing, and keep on rocking.)
Here’s the mindset that worked for me: Eating is not bad. Feeling full is not bad. Even feeling overly full is not bad. You can’t slip up when there’s no right or wrong. There’s just you, being in charge, and owning every second.
Giving yourself permission to eat until you want to stop is empowering. It puts you back in the driver’s seat. It allows you to listen, really listen, to your body’s needs in each moment. It lets your hunger and fullness hormones do their job. Best of all, it makes you the expert of your own body. Diet culture HATES that. And that’s why I love it.