What if your New Year's Resolution...
...was to give up on food rules and body shame, just for the year (but here's hoping it's longer than that!)? What other areas of your life would you like to put more energy towards in 2019?
It's unfortunately too common for people, especially women, to make New Year's resolutions about changing their bodies (i.e. shrink, tone, get-eating-under-control etc).
But, here's what the science says about all those dieting and excessive exercising attempts...97% of you will fail trying to stick with the diet rules. Of that 97%, two-thirds of you will regain the weight back plus additional weight you never had in the first place!
Meanwhile, you're tormenting yourself (guilt, shame, self loathing) in the process, trying to "get back on track," as the wellness diet industry is laughing all the way to the bank with a $65 billion deposit!
I don't know about you, but I've never been a big fan of being a part of such dismal statistics. So, don't this year! Dare to be different! Dare to reclaim your life from diet culture!
You're probably thinking, "oh, New Year's, that's a long way off. I'll worry about resolutions later. Tis' the season to be happy and merry!"
True, but I also know through my work with clients and my own personal food peace journey, that considering to go against societal ideals when it comes to health, beauty, and desirability - it takes time for self reflection before you decide to try something new.
That's why I'm planting this seed of rebellious thought for you now so that you'll have nearly a month to mull over the pros and cons of not getting on that New Year's resolution diet roller coaster. Here are some thoughts to reflect on...
1. In what 3 ways will your life be different if you don't go on a diet in 2019?
2. What will you be giving up if you don't buy (literally) into the "national dieting month" hype in January?
3. What fears do you think you'll have if you're not following a strict set of food rules?
4. What support do you have or need to make this rebellious change?
To support you in this self reflection, I've compiled some of my favorite intuitive eating, Health At Every Size(R), self compassion resources (they'd be great gift ideas/suggestions to hint at too!) HERE
I invite you to start reading, listening and reflecting on these non-diet approaches to health. Wishing you all the best this holiday season and beyond! Cheers to you :)