If there is one thing you can count on at the beginning of a new year it’s dieting. It makes sense. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to lose that extra ten pounds. To get healthy. To turn over a new leaf. But mostly, I think it’s because we all wind up feeling like big slobs after pigging out from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
And that’s totally ok.
I did it. I ate a lot over the holidays. Actually, I tend to eat a lot anyway. I like food. I like shopping for it, cooking it, smelling it, and eating it. Lots of it. Sometimes, when my pants are a little more snug than last time I put them on it shows.
And that is totally not ok.
But I refuse to diet. I hate when I hear that friends are starting diets. Diets don’t really work. You can’t eat only protein shakes and vegetable broth for the rest of your life. You can’t swear off cookies and lattes forever. Despite what the diet industry would like us to believe, you can’t buy packaged meals from Jenny Craig until you retire. You can’t have “a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner” every day for forever. You might think you can right now, but in the long run you won’t be able to manage it perfectly forever.
Case in point: how often do/did you forget to take your birth control pill? It’s just one pill, once a day, every day right? How hard can it be? Raise your hand if you have an ‘oops’ child. (Or not, keep your secret safe.)
So here’s my advice: eat real food and get off your arse. That’s it. For most people that’s enough to remain healthy. Your not going to win any marathons doing it – but you will be healthy. Instead of having a candy bar, have an apple once in a while. Learn to cook real food from scratch as much as possible. You’ll feel better, I promise.
Don’t bother with all the health food fads like shakes, paleo, vegan, Atkins. And don’t eat any yucky stuff either. Quinoa and almond butter are disgusting. Cheeseburgers taste good. Just don’t eat them every day. Seriously, if you can’t enjoy what you’re eating what’s the point? Just have less. Or work out a little more when you eat cheesecake.
And stop comparing yourself to celebrities. They don’t look like that either.