What Diet Culture is Costing You – EP 238

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Even with the rise in body positivity, the diet industry is surprisingly a 72 billion dollar and growing industry. While we’re all for body positivity and working with our health, we still need to identify and reprogram our mindset around health and wellness to opt out of those that prey on our ever-present insecurities and prioritize the life-giving parts of actual wellness that are worth spending our money on. Get on board as we talk about diet culture and its relation to not only our mindset but also to our expenses on wellness. 

When we reject the extremism of diet culture and we can find our radical middle; our balance, then we can not just save money but overall feel a lot better about ourselves and people.


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Do or Diet? The True Cost of Diet Culture

If you’re doing every month of gym membership and weight watchers (food excluded), you could be spending $30,000 and that is crazy! On social media, we’re always bombarded by advertisements on ways to get the body we desire. This article from Moneyguru questions if it’s worth our money, health and whether it is sustainable. Although most of the prices indicated on the article are in Euros, it translates pretty accurately to Dollars too. 

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill appreciates how it points out not just the cost of joining something for your health but what it can also cost us in the rest of our lifestyle: the long term effects. 

Getting advertisements from Instagram influencers promoting weight watchers and other diet methods is nothing new to Jen.  Jen thinks we’ve been relying on other people to tell us what to eat and how to eat, when we have not developed the skills needed to identify hunger, fullness and food that make us feel good.

Our weight does not equate to ‘health’. Jill emphasizes that the measurement of our BMI does not dictate whether or not in many cases, we are “healthy”. Will power’ is thrown around like a morality term when in reality, will power can only go for so long. There’s nothing wrong if we can’t stick to the extreme for a long time as there are other ways we can still value and take care without running ourselves thin. 

A Quick Guide to Intuitive Eating

We have always prioritized promoting to condition our mindset in a much healthier and positive angle. The way we think affects how we approach food and the relationship we have with our own bodies. This this quick guide on Intuitive Eating by Health Line teaches us all about mindfulness and creating a healthy attitude with food. 

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill identifies the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. Additionally, Jen tells us that hunger is not your enemy and we should respond to the early signs of it. You are not good or bad for what you eat or don’t eat–you are your own food police and you should challenge yourself from it. 

Reject diet mentality or as Jill describes this as the ‘extremist’ thinking for it does not have a long term sustainability. Jen & Jill reminds us to be kind to ourselves. 

If we could only eat one thing for a year, what would it be?

Tiramisu from Publix for Jen and bread and wine (…and butter) for Jill!

Bill of The Week

Thank you for sharing your bill about leaving your job and now paying for your cell phone bill and the freedom this is providing since it represents your improved work environment and mental health!

Thanks so Much for Listening!

Thanks so much for listening! Many of you know we have a private community where we do monthly money challenges and offer accountability groups. We want to congratulate one of our members for a big win:

80/20 Principle

Deciding what is enough to help save on money, time and energy. Never thought of it this way but I had the scarcity mindset of need it now because you never know and need more because you never know. I can look at each section of my life and put a tag on what is enough so I do not over do it for no good reason.

For example- when I grew up we always have extra of the necessities (mainly things in the kitchen and bathroom). Right now- we have PLENTY of toilet paper! I’d say that’s MORE then enough. Simple things like this will make a bigger impact for my future.

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