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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Three things diets don't teach you

I, as well as millions of other women, (not always the case, but most of the time), have dealt with this issue for as long as we can remember -- what diets don't teach you. Living in a society of instant gratification and physical beauty counting more than "inside" beauty has been one of those dilemmas we've faced, and will probably continue to face until healthy progress in this area develops more and it is happening!

So what are we to do? Change your attitude! One of the first things that we are taught as soon as we leave the womb is that woman should look like those skinny models you see in magazines like "Vogue" or "Cosmopolitan". It takes courage to be proud of who you are, no matter what your weight is -- it's just so sad that so much time is invested in looking good on the outside instead of making your "inside" better, smarter and stronger.

The thing is though if you chose to eat a majority of real foods instead of processed foods, drank more water instead of soda and actually exercised every day, naturally good things would happen to make your body healthier and your attitude better. So easy to say, but not always so easy to practice on a daily basis.

This article, "3 Things Diets Don't Teach You", really makes sense. It's really all about using good sense and being reasonable with yourself. Here is the list of 3 things:

1) Honor your hunger and fullness. It really is amazing to pay attention to our fine-tuned bodies. We typically know when we are hungry and we typically know when we are full, so go with it and listen to your body. I've always thought of that comparison between dogs and cats. If you leave a bowl of food out for a dog, you know it will be gone in 2.5 seconds; but a cat, different. Cats eat when they are hungry, so you can leave a bowl of food out all day and you'll still see food in there before you go to bed! If we can only teach ourselves to be more the "cat" way!

2) Appreciate your body and what it does for you. This is no doubt true. How many times have we stared at ourselves in the mirror saying to ourselves, "how did I get so fat" or "how did I get so out of shape"! Suddenly, you can feel helpless in a matter of seconds! Instead, take another view of your body and simply be grateful! Be grateful that you can get up out of bed every morning without pain or that you can wriggle your fingers and toes or even better -- your body allows you to live your life!

Enjoy the moment. If you are healthy, even if you weigh a bit more than you'd like, than do something about it -- but, be positive. When you eat a meal, just enjoy it and actually taste the food. One of the great joys of life (as far as I'm concerned) is enjoying a really good meal with family or friends. Food just tastes better.

3) You just don't feel complete "You Complete Me" -- Jerry McGuire
A diet just doesn't sound good and when you tell someone you are on a diet, the first thing you think of is restriction. "I can't have that second slice of pizza" or "I can't have another glass of wine". The whole idea behind a diet places too much emphasis on how happy you will be when you lose weight. It could be a good thing losing weight, but that shouldn't be the reason you go on a diet in the first place. It's one thing to lose some weight for your health, but its another to lose it because you feel bad about yourself. The diet industry gives us those thoughts that linger on in us.

Why not just try to lose weight slowly if you must, instead of 48 hours. It makes more sense and you can still enjoy your food! Real foods tastes good for a reason. If people just cut out processed foods as much as possible and ate more real foods, there would be no need for a diet!


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