I am a dietitian. I do not deprive; I nourish. I do not tell people what to eat; I tell people they deserve to eat. I don't tell them how many calories they need; I tell them that ALL their needs are valid. I don't tell them to limit their sugar or fat intake; I tell them that to enjoy food is to be human. I tell them that they deserve nourishment. I tell them they are not a failure for losing control; I tell them they are stronger for listening to their needs. That they do not deserve to treat themselves with food in the same awful ways that others have treated them.
It pains me that I cannot convince them all that they are worthy. They cannot all see what I see....that they are precious. That their body deserves to take up space. To have stores of fat that will protect them from life's hardships. That their "problem with food" is not in the eating of food, but in feeling that they do not deserve to eat it.
I wrote these words in response to the death of a dear, precious, worthy client. A beautiful soul who I will always remember, and who I will never regret trying to convince day in, and day out, that she was worthy of nourishment. Please take these words to heart and carry them with you to nourish your whole self.