It seems to me that we need to switch our mindset. Instead of a holiday being a reason to throw caution to the wind, I wonder if we need to treat holidays more like Tuesdays. And honestly, I’m less interested in living most of life under crazy restrictions that make me feel like I need to treat myself to something, and more interested in living out enjoyable health each day.
After all, understanding these special occasions is actually just figuring out how to do life NOT on a diet. Living a real life, with real friends and family, with real opportunities to celebrate and enjoy good food and good people.
It’s National Healthy Weight Week (Jan 20-26), and as I’m celebrating by pursuing true health (no diets allowed!), it reminded me of a blog post for EKG Nutrition about intuitive eating and obesity. If you’ve been following intuitive eating or any kind of non-diet content, you might start to question whether or not the approach even values health and nutrition. “Isn’t there an obesity crisis in America?” you might ask. How can we (dietitians) tell people to eat what they want when obesity is only getting more out of control? How can we reconcile this intuitive eating approach with the growing obesity epidemic?
When I made the mental switch to a word or theme of the year, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I was a bit overwhelmed at how to go about picking something. I knew I wanted something that would feel practical enough to span all the different aspects of my life. All that to say, it took a bit of internal conversation. But I came up with a word. 2019 is the year of nourish.
I recently wrote a blog post for EKG Nutrition about NOT making New Year’s resolutions, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it here. I also wanted to let you in on what I’m doing instead. After all, when so many resolutions fail, there has to be a better way, right?
People often ask me what’s more important, diet or exercise? What if that’s not the right question at all? What if that’s not the best way to be healthy?
So quit dieting. Stop trying to lose weight. I mean it. Focus on healthy habits. On consistently treating your body kindly. The “diet or exercise” question will actually fall away.
When was the last time you truly savored something? One pattern I notice in many of my clients is that they eat without realizing it. Far from savoring it, they don’t even know they ate it! There are two significant reasons that this happens: (1) They fall prey to distracted eating. (2) They eat a day’s worth of calories in small bites. Why is this a problem?