Happy New Year! Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem are all reving up their media blitz because everyone ate too much during the holidays and now it's time to start the diet. Like I mentioned in 2011 the diet doesn't start on Jan 1. But usually Jan 2-5th just enough time to get finish the holiday leftovers.
Many people will make a resolution that this will be the year they will become slim. Even though I was often dieting during eating season, I often have the same resolution. Usually because I was going to Weight Watchers meetings but not really following the program closely. (Of course 3 servings of stuffing is 1 bread exchange!) So Jan 2nd (After binge eating on New Year's leftovers), I'd be back on the program usually to fall off it a few weeks later.
I don't really believe in New Year's Resolution. Why not make the resolution right now or four weeks ago or in March? However I've often asked myself the question on how can I be healthy without the dieting mentality. It's hard with 17 years of diet talk burned into my brain. However I put together five easy rules to try to be healthy without the diet talk.
- Try to mediate every day even for 1 minute. Take deep breaths when you can.
- Move as much as you can. Don't worry if it's not "enough". Movement can be simple things like a leisure walk, yoga, swimming, stretching or dancing around the house.
- Learn to eat for your body. Know what foods your body can handle and which ones it can't. Never eliminate anything 100% (unless you have a food allergy.) If you're like me where dieting ruined your intuitive eating, read Linda Bacon's Health at Every Size for tips on how to relearn intuitive eating habits. This isn't about eating less but about enjoying and savoring your food.
- Go to the appropriate medical tests and yearly doctor visits. This is a drag even with my doctor who is somewhat weight neutral but it's the best way to keep track of your health.
- Don’t fall into dieting habits. Getting healthy may not result in any weight loss. You are doing this for health, period.
- Bonus tip! - Love your body!