Have you ever been on a restrictive diet or food plan and just decided that You.Were.Done? 

No more bland chicken and broccoli. No more waiting to eat sugar until your cheat day. No more weighing the foods you ate or tracking every morsel, lick or taste. No.More.

That’s where I was a few years ago. I was tired AND angry. I was tired and angry with how much time and mental energy I was spending on being super careful with everything I ate. And for what? I saw “progress” sometimes, but at what cost?

So I went through my Diet Rebel phase. Let me be honest. This was not the first time that the Diet Rebel was yelling loud and clear in my mind. This was just the most distinct and perhaps most helpful time. This was the time that I allowed the Diet Rebel to help me question why I was doing what I was doing.

Diet Rebel… What is it exactly?

The angry and determined voice in your head that is tired of the bland food, being hungry, following a plan and/or missing out on the food that you really want to eat or crave. This is the voice of someone who is tired of restriction and cravings. 

The Diet Rebel voice usually results in eating past the point of comfortably full or even bingeing. Perhaps you eat the “bad” food when no one is around watching and “you can get away with it.” This voice is can also be the result of having your food controlled by another person like a parent or spouse.

How often do you feel hear this voice in your head? How often are you so angry at the Food Police and Diet Culture that you want to rebel against any and all of the rules?

The Diet Rebel is not ALL bad. That voice in your head can be useful because it is the voice that challenges diet culture. Once you allow it to work in you, the Diet Rebel transitions… to the Diet Ally. Stay tuned for the next post!


Brooke Spendlove

I’m a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and the owner and creator of Spendlove Coaching.

My own wellness journey led me to getting my Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from Creighton University – Go Blujays!

I help my clients discover that they are the experts of themselves. Using the tools learned inside my program and during coaching sessions, clients learn how to shift their mindset, taking back the power they have lost to dieting and diet culture