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Declaration of Independence from Dieting

Saturday, September 08, 2012

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one woman to dissolve the emotional bands which have connected her with one diet attempt after another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, a separation from dieting to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, with respect to her body, mind, and soul that she should declare the causes which impel her and other like-minded women to the separation.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women are unique, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, women have previously attempted diets with hopes of yielding such results. However, whenever any Form of dieting becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new way of feeding one’s self, laying its foundation on such principles as mindful eating, permission, flexibility, intuition, and the wisdom of the body and choosing foods in a way that to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate many food choices, but not all, and accordingly, past eating experiences hath shewn, that womankind are more disposed to suffer from dieting, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the restriction to which they are accustomed.

"But when a long train of abuses and fruitless diet attempts, pursuing invariably the same Object of a smaller body, yields the same results of frustration, demoralization, feelings of failure, guilt, and in many cases weight gain, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such restrictions, and to consider a new approach for their future health and happiness. Such has been the patient sufferance of these women who have tried diet after diet; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former relationship with food. Our history of dieting is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations of the joy and pleasure that food can provide, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over so many women.

"To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

~ If one diet worked perfectly, there would never be the need for another, yet there are countless diet plans available.

~ Dieting, for many women, has been shown to result in weight gain over time.

~ Dieting often demonizes foods making them more appealing as forbidden fruit.

~ Dieting generates stress and feelings of failure for many.

~ Dieting is the antithesis of healthy eating.

~ Dieting results in most people regaining the weight they lost and more.

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the diet-weary, in the name, and by Authority of good sense, appealing to women everywhere, solemnly publish and declare, That these women ought to be Free and Independent of ineffective and unhealthy diets; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to restriction, starvation, deprivation, guilt and the self-judgment that diets create; and that as Free and Independent women, they have full Power to decide what to eat, when to eat, and why to eat, based on their personal needs and desires, and to do all other Acts and Things which normal eaters may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the wisdom of the body, we mutually pledge to each other to never diet again.

written by ROBYN PRIEBE, RD

...who blogs @
a weight lifted: healthy weight management for women tired of dieting

(there's some really cool stuff over there!)

...and you can also find her here:


...if you pursue happiness, I promise your weight WILL take care of itself!

The declaration above came to me via other SPARKlers... go visit... you will NOT be disappointed!

Yesterday, you said, "tomorrow."

Wanted: Healthy Body Image and Healthy Body Size

(If you put up the Declaration and tell me, I'll link to your page, too!)

My computer is almost back to reasonable running order (been on here in fits an snatches as I am able to steal time on my husbands work computer).... thought the weekend here is BEAUTIFUL and the outdoors beacon instead, LOL! I hope everyone is SPARKling into a colour-FULL Fall!

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}


...Because YOU are free at last, you are free at last... thank God Almighty, you are free at last!



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures OCTOBER 1, 2012!
(I should have known better than to have set a September 1st deadline... I don't have time for posing and snapping... too many other things need immediate attention to get our Fall off and RUNNING, LOL!)

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga

Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Love this... I always prefer to look at the times when I'm tracking as "paying more attention" to what I put in and what I burn off. I can't claim "lifestyle change" yet. Wonder that I ever will, as it doesn't seem to be a bit enough priority for me as of yet.

    There are times when I want/need to pay close attention and times when I won't, can't, don't.

    I just have to be honest, with myself and others. I mean I really can't kid myself. I know what I eat, I know what I've done to burn calories, I know what I need to be my most healty. Whether I chose to do what I can that is within my power is up to me.

    2111 days ago
  • BERRY4
    I was looking for a place for us to SIGN the declaration! -- What a creative endeavor to put it ("diet") into practical, useful terms...what it IS and what it is NOT.
    {Thanks to ROBYN PRIEBE, RD!}
    Well put! emoticon
    2112 days ago
    I dislike 'diet' being linked to 'deprivation and shame'. I am trying to reclaim it as 'the food I eat' so it has no power. But I also like reclaiming the 'b*t*h' word...so it is no longer 'she who will not remain in her place' and instead becomes 'she who will stand up against anything'.
    2112 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Thanks for another gem, Ramona! Now I need to go back and read some links...Beautiful here today, too. The heat is gone, at least for now, but it will be awhile before we get any fall color here in central NC. Have a great week!
    2113 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    and as usual
    Well Said!
    2113 days ago
    This is one of the things that is different for me this time. I posted a question regarding peoples experience with weighted vests to get more calorie burn in the same amount of time as my weight goes down. I got all kinds of answers in one form or another, regarding eat more to keep losing weight. I posted a reply that it seemed counter intuitive to eat more when I'm full. But most people don't get that, I don't want to eat past being full and I don't want to spend hours working out. Both are unnatural and unrealistic unless of course you are a professional athlete or have absolutely nothing else to do with your time. LOL

    I do want to be healthy, eating intuitively for my body and being active...not eating to make some arbitrary calorie limit set by others or be a gym rat. My body naturally tells me days when I am more hungry than others and I'm learning to listen to it and it's working.

    I hope more people, especially women would get it! Thanks for the post and informative links emoticon
    2113 days ago
    Great blog Ramona
    I detest the D word, it smacks of restriction as soon as it's uttered!

    Nice to be home and catching up with everyone, have a great Sunday hun emoticon
    2113 days ago
    2113 days ago
    Great blog. I don't like the word "diet" either . . . but I'm OK with "The Beck Diet Solution: Learning to Think Like a Thin Person". What she basically says is that "any (sane) diet works" once the cognitive techniques to work it are in place.
    2113 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    Thanks - I personally find if I think of this as a CIET it tends to be temporary and something that can be cheated on (for want of a better term).
    2113 days ago
    Totally Awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    2113 days ago
    You said a mouthful!
    2113 days ago
  • 2009-2016
    Hi Ramona,
    I'm so pleased that you are passing along the Declaration. Thanks for visiting my page and for encouraging other people to do so as well. ~~ Barbara
    2113 days ago
    I enjoyed that!! Thanks for sharing!!
    2113 days ago
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