I’d barely pulled out of the gas station into busy Friday afternoon traffic when the rental van stalled and wouldn’t restart. Cars honked their horns as I blocked a lane until finally someone helped push me to the side of the road.
You’ve tried every diet on the planet, and you’re fed up. You realize that dieting is no longer a viable option, not only because it has failed you, but because you’re on a path to body positivity and making health a priority over weight—but you’ve probably been perplexed about what the next step might be. You know in your heart of hearts what you don’t want to do, and you can’t continue life with your disconnected eating habits. What do you do?
“Just be yourself!” Try telling that to a teen with autism! Much of the time when they’re just “being themselves” it’s all wrong and they’re always been told that they way they pass papers in class, answer when called on, eat lunch, make a joke, it’s “inappropriate” or “argumentative” or just plain “weird.”