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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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    I agree with everything you have said! I think people should live everyday of their lives as a No Diet Day! You should focus on eating the best fuel for your body and enjoying treats in moderation. You should also get out there and be active and find an exercise you love. Your weight will take care of itself after that!
    1779 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    It is a lifestyle, not a diet! We can do it! emoticon
    1779 days ago
    Interesting although my first thought was yippee!
    1779 days ago
    I'm with you about the word "diet." I dislike it strongly. We've all had to make lifestyle changes in order to get where we are or to get where we want to go! Together emoticon !
    1779 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012

    Love this! What a super perspective!
    1779 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    I never liked the word diet---but life changing habits for a life time is the best. Then we need not feel guilty when we have a controlled treat, one we have counted in our day.
    1779 days ago
    I'm with you. NO MORE DIETS. You just gain it all back.
    I've been on SP for a year and am still pumped up! I may
    be losing slower, but I eat what I want (in moderation) and
    exercise like I think I can forever. And although I hit plateaus,
    I don't gain any back.
    Well said blog. I agree completely. Spark on!

    P.S.-- Why can't spell check learn that blog is a word??

    1779 days ago
    I agree! 'Diet' is (or should be) what we eat day in and day out to fuel our bodies.
    1779 days ago
    Great reminder to us all. Thanks!
    1779 days ago
    I agree. I need to eat healthily and exercise for life.
    1780 days ago
    Yeah for "not being on a diet' That way there is nothing to give up and there is also nothing to "go off of" thus.... this is the way we eat and live all day, every day!!
    I was one of those people that tried the crazy Bootcamp all or nothing routines. There were some days I just couldn't keep up with that kind of schedule and I felt guilty or felt I had somehow failed because there were days I could not complete the routine. Now I know that perfection does not breed success and as long as I keep to my calories, exercise as much as I can when the time allows I will be OK!!
    1780 days ago
    Let's try to change our lifestyle, I agree don't go on a diet.
    1780 days ago
    Thank you! It needs to be about a healthy lifestyle ! Keep enjoying your walks! emoticon
    1780 days ago
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