The January Diet

It’s that time of year again.  And, after the resolutions have been made, and some washed away already, January reigns queen as the diet month.  

It’s that time of year. New diets. Fad diets. 2012 diets.

Blast your fat in 2012!

Slim your thighs, your hips, your lips!

And, the sad part is, this may or may not even work. For long. And, yet, we torture ourselves with near starvation food plans, extreme amounts of exercise, punishment. There’s an easier way. A better way. A non-diet way to get healthy, stay healthy.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that even I want to be healthier this year. Eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies. Get more nutrients. Exercise more. (my thirty minutes a day is working so far, fingers crossed).  But, I don’t want to dread another day, another same good for me plate of food (and that’s all that’s good about it), being hungry, dealing with being hungry, and freaking out about eating chocolate. That’s no fun at all. And, a new year is no cause for this kind of horror.

Now, back to the easier, less self-attacking way to be healthy.  Listen to your body. The end.

Eat when you are hungry.

Stop when you are full.

Eat to fuel your body and sprinkle in some taste, some indulgence, some fancyfied love this food stuff, and you can get there too. My years of intuitive eating have made it pleasurable to eat and to live again and while it was not the easiest journey it definitely happened, and, over time, it was worth every difficult step.  Credit, once again, goes completely here to the authors of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.  You changed my life, and thank you.  If you haven’t read the book yet, read it. Now. Now. Right now.  It changed my life, for the much much better.  Maybe it could change your life, too.

And, stay active. Your body is a machine and it enjoys going for a ride every now and then, a run, yoga, pilates, dancing, walking, whatever your pleasure.

So, this January, try not to attack yourself. After all, there’s enough in this world that’s out to get you without you being at the front of the enemy lines.

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4 thoughts on “The January Diet

    • Thank you for the comment. Healthy eating and exercise are good for you but my hope is that one day more and more people will not have to worry about being judged for being fat but will worry instead about what being overweight does to their health, their energy, and their well-being. That, in essence, is what is truly important, and, when we strive to be healthy, we end up beautiful.

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