• Emma Green

How to deal with diet talk

Earlier in the week I talked about how to deal with your own dialogue when you’re trying to improve your relationship with food, exercise and your body. Today I wanted to discuss how to approach it when other people are engaging in that kind of conversation around you. This is something that comes up a lot with my clients and these are the strategies that we talk about:⠀ 1. Set firm boundaries: Your needs matter. If a conversation is making you feel uncomfortable you have every right to ask the person not to talk about particular topics or to avoid certain words. If the person is a friend they will respect your feelings and change their behaviour accordingly.⠀ 2. Change the subject: If you don’t feel able to state your needs overtly you can change the subject of conversation. Perhaps have some go-to topics so that you never feel stuck in a conversation that is making you upset, angry or uncomfortable.⠀ 3. Leave the conversation: You are not obligated to remain in a discussion that you don’t want to be in. Sometimes walking away is the best thing you can do for your mental wellbeing. You can provide an explanation if you want to but this isn’t a necessity.⠀

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