Don’t let the dieting industry hoodwink you this new year

Happy (belated) New Year!

I’ve been taking some of my own advice and have taken some time out to relax and slow down the past couple of weeks after being ridiculously busy over the Christmas/New Year period. Although on saying that, today’s blog post comes from my beachside holiday house and that’s because the time away from everything has left me with so many exciting ideas!

I feel re-invigorated with a renewed sense of purpose:

To help you live your happiest, healthiest life whatever that looks like to you.

That means that I’ll help you explore what it is that you need to be your healthiest and happiest, in a holistic way. Healthcare providers are increasingly under pressure to provide holistic services, to keep up with wellness warriors and health coaches that seem to offer it all. So in keeping with this theme, together we will explore what it is we need to be happy and healthy from a food, physical activity and mental wellbeing perspective.

Studying Dietetics means that my speciality lies with food and health. And at this time of year, there are plenty of things out there that claim to be about health, but are not. Yes, I’m talking about diets.

I’m no stranger to talking about diets here on my blog and for good reason. The thing about diets is, they don’t work. You can read more about that here and here.

You are placed on restrictive eating plan that deprives you of your favourite foods and told to do things that don’t fit with your normal routine-from the foods you eat to your exercising habits.

Then, when you don’t lose weight or start putting weight back on, it’s your fault! We blame the wrong half of the equation and then after a period of self-flagellation we search for another diet to start. And the cycle repeats its self.

The dieting industry would have you believe that losing weight is life changing. So, lets imagine that you go on a diet and do end up losing weight.

Are you happy? Did your life change in some miraculous way? Did you suddenly find your perfect partner and become really popular? If you did, then I’m sorry to tell you that those people can only be a toxic influence in your life. You are more than your appearance and you’re selling yourself short if you surround yourself with people who only like you for your physical form.

Are you satisfied with your body now? Has it reached the point where it is acceptable to you? Or has the goal shifted?

 Are you terrified to step on the scales again for fear that you have gained weight and are no longer at your perfect “goal”?

This isn’t health.

Health is participating in physical activity that you actually enjoy. Health is eating from a wide variety of easily accessible and affordable foods. Health is going out for dinner with your best friends and lingering over another glass of wine. Meat pies at the footy. Cool salads and icy poles on a blinding hot summers day and comforting stews in winter. Artisan coffee. Health is about looking after yourself, in every sense of the word. It isn’t perfect, but nor is it meant to be.

The best “diet” for you is one that you can stick to. I don’t even like to call it a “diet”. So I guess you could say that the best way of eating for you is one that seems effortless. The one that enables you to have enough energy, mental and physical, to live a fulfilling life.

So, what are you going to do differently this year? Instead of starting a diet, what can you do instead?

To borrow a title from one of my mentors award winning programs: it’s about wellbeing, not weight!

 

 

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