Now that were clear on what a diet is, lets understand this: Diets dont work.
In the long run, dieting can only lead to disordered eating and can help foster unhealthy relationships with food.
Ive tried dieting many times, and I always end up feeling miserable and developing a short pattern of disordered eating after.
While many definitions exist, I define disordered eating as any type of mindset that leaves you feeling worthless, guilty, embarrassed, ashamed or any other negative emotion while and after consuming food.
Im somuch happier and more pleasant to be around when Im not limiting myself to what foodsIm allowed to enjoy.
While yes, we do need food to survive, many foods (especially those for the holidays)exist mostly for pleasure. Sugar cookies, gingerbread men and chocolate truffles are meant to bring pleasure to the person consuming them.
Were meant to treat ourselves to enjoying taste.
Our society is obsessed with dieting, and this obsession only worsens around the holidays.Internet articles with titles like X Ways Not to Blow Your Diet at Thanksgiving are abundant throughout November and December, and Im sick of it.
Who cares if you trade in your kale salad for a sugary sweet potato casserole? Who cares if you trade in a spinach smoothie for some hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles?
You are allowed to treat yourself. You. Are. ALLOWED.
Theres nothing wrong with choosing vegetables over sweets, but you should be doing so for the right reasons.
If you genuinely enjoy broccoli more than cake, go for it. But if you enjoy cake more than broccoli, and still pick the broccoli because your inner voice is whispering to you youre a failure if you dont, you have a problem.
Food isnt something were supposed to obsess over. Its not supposed to dictate how we judge others or ourselves either. Its not supposed to control our lives and our well-being. Its supposed to keep us alive, and its supposed to bring us joy.
We have enough to deal with in our lives. We should be able to take an extra slice of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream (or both) whenever we damn well please.