It’s International No Diet Day! A day I can absolutely get behind as I am convinced dieting, or otherwise known as “Intentional Weight Loss” is a damaging practice. Why for many reasons…here are a few:
- frequent weight fluctuation is damaging to your physical health
- dieting warps your relationship to food creating an unhelpful ‘good’ and ‘bad’ dichotomy
- dieting weakens our ability to self-regulate…we forget how to tell if we are hungry or full
- only about 5% of dieters keep the weight off, leaving the rest of us feeling frustrated and convinced we are just not ‘strong enough’ or ‘committed enough’
So, go ahead and celebrate this one day of freedom from restrictive eating. For today, let your body and your soul decide what to eat. Not Dr. Oz, or Jillian Michaels…or even Michael Pollen!
And why not consider taking it beyond today? Once you get to a place where can truly be free of looking at food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, when having a cookie isn’t ‘cheating’, your body will come to a place of naturally wanting a balanced variety of foods that support your health. When the Oreo no longer represents what you are Forbidden to Have, it loses it’s power over you and simply becomes one food choice among many.
If you are thinking it would be great to break free from dieting, but would like some guidance along the way, I highly recommend you check out Intuitive Eating. I really love this approach to eating because it is about reconnecting with our ability to feel when we are hungry and when we are full and learning to respond accordingly. The two women who developed the approach are nutritionists who are certainly aware of the importance of healthy eating, but recognise we have to be careful because the line between ‘eating healthy’ and ‘dieting’ is a thin one and they provide strategies to identify the difference.
However, I must caution you! There are many folks out there who have taken the “intuitive eating” concept and warped it for weight loss and have essentially turned it into another diet. If you are surfing the net see the words “intuitive eating for weight loss”, in a blog post or article steer clear!
Wishing you the best on this No Diet Day! May we all find peace with food and learn to tune into what our body wants and needs. For more information about International No Diet Day check out this great article from Adios Barbie.