How is it working for you?
I talk to people all of the time with my job. Both my hair salon and my fitness businesses. It seems that almost everyone I speak to at some point in time started going on diets. This diet or that diet is continuously a conversation in the world that is not too difficult to find. I have never been a go on a diet sort. I have an interest in different ways of eating that could translate into a way of life. In fact, I have had various attempts at different ways of eating quite a few times throughout my life. But I would not say that I went on a diet. I am not that disciplined. Besides that, the idea of restrictions does not appeal to me. I am good at eliminating unhealthy choices, but I like options and making decisions about food based on what is relatively healthy at any time. I could never go on an all protein diet where you limit or eliminate carbs. I couldn’t diet with no vegetables. Or be on an entirely fat diet. Food is an integral part of my day but, I do have my moments where I just say what the heck, I am just going to eat this cookie.
One of the most interesting facts that I learned in the recent weeks was about telomeres. A telomere is a compound structure at the end of a chromosome. Think of it like a shoelace. A shoelace has a shield on both ends of the lace to protect the shoestring from fraying. Once it starts to come apart and fray its life is shortened. It is the same with a human being and their telomeres. They begin to fray at the ends, and then your life gets shorter. This is a fact, when one has the intention of dietary restriction whether carried out or not, it causes stress. That type of pressure causes your telomeres to shorten. Then in turn so does your life.
My point being, enough already! Do you really believe that all the worrying about how your body looks and what you should or shouldn’t eat is making things any better? How many articles have you read and then said, “That is what I have to do?” That is the definition of insanity. “Repeating the same thing over and over again expecting different results each time!” (Rita Mae Brown) The good news is that we ALL can reprogram our brains! Another fact.
It seems to me that rather than spending a big part of your adult life trying every new fad diet that comes out while ultimately being right back where you started from, that it would be a much better idea to get educated on how to have a healthy lifestyle. Learning about yourself and your triggers, why you do what you do, and what would be the best way for you to go about being healthy based on what you already know you like seems to be a much smarter choice than trying the next new diet. For now, though, stop thinking about what you shouldn’t be eating!
Give yourself a break! Try this on for the next 2 weeks, EAT SLOWLY! Also, try on self-compassion. It works miracles. Maybe find 5 minutes out of your day to sit in a quiet place and do a body scan. Notice and name. Find a good recipe and cook something you love. Have an apple a day. (it keeps the Doctors away) Relax, Enjoy!