Breaking Free From Diet Culture Bullshit

Breaking Free From Diet Culture Bullshit


Diet culture is our society's obsession with thin bodies. Diet culture says that skinny bodies are good and fat bodies are bad. Diet culture says that it is healthy and appropriate to agonize and obsess over how many calories are in a single piece of bread. Diet culture says that some foods are good and some foods are bad.

Diet culture weighs us down, literally and figuratively. It tells us we're not good enough and makes us think our value is determined by the number on the scale.

What if I told you there was a way to free yourself from diet culture and reclaim your body and your self?

This body positive class will help you identify diet culture in the world and give you the tools you need to combat it. Don't spend another moment weighed down by diet culture bullsh!t.

Instructor: Jill Grunenwald

Format: 7 Emails, 7 Days


The New York Times called Jill Grunenwald a "stylish and sparkly writer". She blogs about body liberation and being your own hero and is the author of the slow runner memoir Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack. She has also written for The Millions, BUST, and, and she is currently at work on her second memoir.

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About the Instructor


Called a "stylish and sparkly writer" by the New York Times, Jill Grunenwald is an INTJ Slytherin with a tendency to talk in all caps when she's really excited about something. She blogs about body liberation and being your own hero at The Year of the Phoenix and is the author of the slow runner memoir Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack. Other writing has appeared in The Millions, BUST, and, and she is currently at work on her second memoir.

Excerpt from Class Day 1


(I like to talk in all caps when I get really excited.)

Welcome to Breaking Free From Diet Culture Bullsh!t. I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE. 

So! Based strictly on the fact that you signed up for this class, I’m going to assume that at least one of these things applies to you:

  1. You have purposely restricted food in an effort to lose weight

  2. You have participated in at least one “final feast” before starting a new diet

  3. You classify foods as either good or bad You feel guilty when you eat a “bad” food

  4. You workout in order to “earn” eating a particular food

  5. Your mood is dictated by the number you see on the scale

  6. You avoid certain foods even if you don’t have a medical, dietary, or religious need to

  7. You have not eaten, even when hungry, because you didn’t think you deserved to consume more calories at that time

  8. You have weighed yourself more than once in a single day You are exhausted from it all and want it to stop

On a scale of “Nah” to “OMG GET OUT OF MY HEAD” how close was I?

Over the next seven days, you will be receiving seven emails from me (one per day). Each email will provide you with lessons that will allow you to start breaking free from diet culture bullsh!t. There’s going to be some homework and journaling and I’ll share some resources for you to read. I’m going to ask you to be vulnerable. Maybe even naked. (Don’t worry: no one else will see that unless you choose to show them.) 

I’m not going to pretend that at the end of these seven days you are going to be MAGICALLY HEALED OF ALL DIET CULTURE BULLSH!T. Even now, years into this, it’s a constant daily process for me, just as it is for most of us who are recovering chronic dieters. Because while I might have broken free, diet culture still exists. It’s still out there every time I look at a magazine or open Instagram (well, not so much for me anymore but I’ll get to that in a future email). 

But I can promise that seven days from now, you will have the tools available to help you chip away at that bullsh!t and rebuild a life that doesn’t weigh you down, literally and figuratively. 

Bonus: if you ever find yourself slipping back into old habits, you can always come back to these emails and repeat the homework. All of the activities included in these lessons are things I have done and continue to do on a regular basis…