Friday Feature: Dare to Not Diet

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

1. What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

My name is Glenys Oyston, I’m a registered dietitian, and my blog (and business) is called Dare to Not Diet. The title came from the fact that in our diet-and-weight-obsessed culture, daring to not diet is an act of rebellion. To go against the dominant culture that tells you that your body is never good enough, that you always must strive to eat less than you’re hungry for to fit into the arbitrary standards of beauty or to be healthy is a daring act. You don’t need to lose weight to be healthy, and you don’t need to fit into society’s beauty standards to be worthy of love and acceptance.

2. Spread some blog love – which Healthy Living Blog do you read every single post from?

My pal Aaron Flores’ blog Balance Variety and Moderation is one I never miss. We’re also podcast partners! He hasn’t written as much lately, but he’s super busy, so check out his archives in the meantime.

3. What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?

I’m working on smashing diet culture! That’s my professional goal. I’m not the only one working towards this goal; there are so many other wonderful Health at Every Size professionals out there lending their voices to the anti-diet choir. Personally, I’m always working on finding exercise I actually enjoy doing and that makes me feel good. I guess that’s two goals!

4. What is something you’ve learned recently that you found interesting?

I’m constantly gathering data on how dieting actually hurts us physically – from long-term excess weight gain to insulin resistance. I’m really starting to dig into whether a loss of lean body mass – which always happens with weight loss – does in fact cause insulin resistance. They really need to do a lot more study around this. It’s starting to look like resistance training can help with insulin resistance, and I’m really interested in this, because it means exercise in the absence of weight loss really can help to make us healthier (which we kind of already know, but more data is always better).

5. What daily health to-do is easiest for you to complete? Which is the one you struggle with every single day?

I struggle to find a satisfying lunch! I really hate making or bringing my own lunch to work, but my options for nearby purchased lunches are limited, and that gets expensive too.

I find getting my five a day of fruits and veggies pretty easy now that I make them taste good and I’m eating them for pleasure and health rather than for weight loss.

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