Leaving diet culture is both joyful and devastating. In this course, we talk about both.
Death midwife, Angela Alberto, and author, Virgie Tovar, designed this course to help you explore the shadow side of anti-diet work.
When we do anti-diet work, we begin to close a door (death) and open another (rebirth). The current conversation surrounding anti-diet work and body positivity is focused on the latter. Though a new post-dieting life is absolutely magic, we can’t ignore that we are grieving what we’ve decided to leave behind - even if that’s only a dream or a fantasy.
No matter how toxic diet culture is, it has worked its way into our hopes and desires. As much as anti-diet work is a series of beautiful realizations and life changes, it is also a series of deaths - like the death of the myth that through controlling food you can control how long you live and the death of allegiance to white supremacist beauty standards.
We see this class as an opening: a thoughtful and engaging exploration of themes and tools, rather than the final word on this topic.
We encourage you to bring curiosity, play, creativity, wonder, sadness, ecstasy, rage, confusion, resentment, and love as you begin this incredible work with us!