Today's International No Diet Day!
Monday, May 06, 2013
Does that mean we should all go out and eat a whole cake, a box of donuts and a bag of chips while sitting and watching tv?
Last time I checked, none of us here are nor should be "on a diet". That would mean we can go "off a diet". If you've been here long enough, you know how to fit your treats in your day in moderation. If you're sitting here denying yourself something, I'd hope it's because you can't control yourself around it enough to have just one serving. You could be buying the single serving size of your trigger food if that helps because I find that if you don't have the large package of something, you're (or at least I will be) fine with that one serving size package more often than not.
Most of starting out changing your habits is to stop eating certain things so that you start to become accustomed to the healthier foods. Many times, when you go back to having that thing you haven't had in a while, you don't like it anymore. For example, I used to have a donut every morning when I worked at a bakery, now I find them too greasy because I don't like things made with shortening, you get that waxy feeling in your mouth. I prefer a whole bowl of strawberries as my go-to treat now.
No Diet (I hate the verb form) means No Beating Yourself Up for having a Treat! If you savor your treats, you'll be satisfied with your food better. SLOW DOWN! Enjoy that treat, because if you're not enjoying your treat, it's not really a treat, is it?
The other part I see people "On a diet" is the crazy bootcamp all or nothing exercise routine. That's great you're getting yourself jumped off and working out, but if you don't find something that you enjoy, you won't stick with it.
Exercise should be part of life. Find something you can do daily and perhaps something a little more intense that you can do a couple of times a week. I love to walk and generally it's a slow, enjoy the scenery, type of walk, but lately, with the nice weather, it has also been a longer, push myself to see how far and fast I can go, type of walk. When it's too hot or cold, I also have back-up. I'll pop in a video game and do some tai-chi or yoga. I have boxing routines on it too.
So Stop using the verb form of the word Diet and go back to using it as it's noun form. A Diet should be everything you put in your mouth, just like the dictionary has said for years.
Today's other holidays: Buddah Day, Sigmund Freud's birthday, National Nurses Day, National Tourist Appreciation Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and National Crepes Suzette Day.
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