Now that it’s the day after Christmas you will no doubt be starting to get trolled by instagram, television, facebook, your friends… everyone who wants to start a 2022 weight loss challenge. It’s so difficult to avoid the allure of these juice fasts, quick starts, all keto all the time fads….
There are so many reasons that diets are so seductive.
They take away our choice- we don’t have to make decisions- we just drink the juice.
They make us feel proactive, as though we are doing something for our health and well-being
They give us the promise of some future perfect life where our bodies are not weaponized, where we are happy and successful and feel good in our clothes.
But, unfortunately, as you know… diets just don’t work long term. If they did, you would have lost weight on the very first diet you went on in high school, or middle school or elementary school and then never had to diet again.
It’s the second part that’s the clincher, right? Never had to diet again. Every diet works for as long as you can stick to it. But most people cannot stick to a diet long term or the other option is that folks become so obsessive that food and exercise rule their lives- they lose out on family, friends, outings and interaction because they are afraid of temptation afraid of missing a workout.
IF there is a third situation where folks go on one diet and lose weight and keep it off and then feel great for the rest of their lives and still have active social lives with all of their friends and never have any fear about food or social events- I’ve never heard of anyone like that. This is why the diet industry is so rich- it’s a never ending industry. One with billions of repeat customers.
What might be better? To think about how to take care of yourself in a way that is kind, gentle, patient and loving. To give your body the food that it wants and needs (and only your body knows what it wants and needs, no one can tell you that- NO ONE), to learn to listen to your body. To eat when your body is hungry, to give it the food that nurtures it and to move it in a way that feels joyful (not punishing) and to not punish yourself by purging or starving yourself or bingeing or speaking to yourself unkindly on the days that you eat more than your body wanted.
Your body deserves love, respect and kindness. Mostly from you. Your body is only a vessel for staying alive in order for you to do all the amazing things in the world that you were meant to do. So keep it alive and if you want to keep it healthy, you can to do that too! Not by dieting, but by treating it with respect and kindness.
I care about all of you and want you to get out into the world and make it a better place. I know that you can do that. I know that you have that power.
Happy Holidays to all of you.
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