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INDD- How did you celebrate?

Posted Aug 24 2008 3:34pm
Today was International No Diet Day, a day when you should honor your body, eat what you want, stop when you are full, and move your body with joy.

The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination has the following 10 Reasons to Give Up Dieting:

10. DIETS DON'T WORK. Even if you lose weight, you will probably gain it all back, and you might gain back more than you lost.

9. DIETS ARE EXPENSIVE. If you didn't buy special diet products, you could save enough to get new clothes, which would improve your outlook right now.

8. DIETS ARE BORING. People on diets talk and think about food and practically nothing else. There's a lot more to life.

7. DIETS DON'T NECESSARILY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH. Like the weight loss, health improvement is temporary. Dieting can actually cause health problems.

6. DIETS DON'T MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL. Very few people will ever look like models. Glamour is a look, not a size. You don't have to be thin to be attractive.

5. DIETS ARE NOT SEXY. If you want to be more attractive, take care of your body and your appearance. Feeling healthy makes you look your best.

4. DIETS CAN TURN INTO EATING DISORDERS. The obsession to be thin can lead to anorexia, bulimia, bingeing , and compulsive exercising.

3. DIETS CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID OF FOOD. Food nourishes and comforts us, and gives us pleasure. Dieting can make food seem like your enemy, and can deprive you of all the positive things about food.

2. DIETS CAN ROB YOU OF ENERGY. If you want to lead a full and active life, you need good nutrition, and enough food to meet your body's needs.

And the number one reason to give up dieting:

1. Learning to love and accept yourself just as you are will give you self-confidence, better health, and a sense of wellbeing that will last a lifetime.

I'd like to add that "eating healthy" doesn't always lead to "being healthy." Especially when it leaves you neurotic and phobic. Or eating disordered. How much joy are we depriving ourselves of as a culture because we won't enjoy food?

So how did you celebrate INDD - If you didn't celebrate today, make plans for tomorrow.

For lunch, I had a lovely salad with REAL dressing, strawberries, mesclun lettuce, shredded cheese, some canned tuna and two slices of toast with butter. Then for my evening snack, I went down to the little party store by my apartment and got a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.

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