At the end of 2012, we had a few things to say about the annual dietary revolution that so many people attempt in honor of the new year. We revisit those thoughts now, when yet another year is approaching at a breakneck pace…
So here we go. The New Year approaches and the diet chatter is increasing. Everybody’s choosing plans, making resolutions and getting ready to start measuring their bits and counting their stuff. If you are one of these folks, I’m going to ask you to reconsider. I’m going to ask you to do something completely radical. I’m going to ask you NOT to go on a diet.
When we decide to go on a diet, we are committing to a temporary state of restriction, usually in an attempt to achieve some sort of numerical change – a smaller waistline, a lower reading on the scale, a smaller clothing size. When we commit to a temporary state of restriction, we are admitting to the foregone conclusion that the results of that restriction – the number drop – will also be a temporary phenomenon.
You cannot return to the way you normally eat and maintain those lower numbers. It doesn’t work. If you’ve made this particular resolution in the past, you already know this is true. Simply restricting what you eat also doesn’t guarantee that the food that you DO eat will actually nourish you.
When we decide to change the way that we eat, we are committing to a higher level of consciousness about what we eat in an attempt to eat food that is more healthful, that provides our bodies with more of what they require; a body that is getting what it needs is far less likely to torment us with the cravings that often drive us to eat unhealthy foods.
When we decide to change the way we eat, we are committing to caring for our bodies and our health, and are therefore also committing to caring for those around us who love us and cherish us. When we decide to change the way that we eat, we open ourselves to the joy of living healthfully and the adventure of eating new and abundant real foods. And so I ask you, on this auspicious occasion, NOT to diet, but to change the way you eat. Eat Food, Real Food.
Big Sis and I have spent a lot of time this year talking about Baby Steps to Better Health. Maybe you missed it; maybe you weren’t ready; maybe you already think you eat well and weren’t interested in making a change. But now it’s coming – that resolution moment – that moment when so many of us get a little honest about our habits and find a little motivation to make some change. If that’s you, and you’re ready, we’d like to invite you to join us taking Baby Steps to Better Health.
We’ll do a recap of the steps we’ve already covered. We’ll get you started. We’ll help you figure out what to eat and show you how to make it super yum. If you’re ready, we’ll help you take those steps that will get you eating and feeling great in a way that works for YOU, with changes that YOU choose according to YOUR timeframe.
This is YOUR plan; it’s YOUR body. YOU should be the one to decide what to put in it, thoughtfully and consciously, using ingredients that aren’t invented in a lab. And you will find that the food you put in that body can be both succulent and healthful, both sublime and invigorating, both yummy and nourishing. Because real food is delish and it does your body good. Don’t diet; Eat Food, Real Food.
If this sounds like the way you’d like to start 2015, rather than kicking off the year with a glass full of nutrasweet and a package of freeze dried low cal low fat air filled nothing, maybe this is your year. We’ve put all our baby steps in a book for you, Baby Steps to Better Health: Winning the Battle with Junk Food for Families and Individuals, so you can work your way through them with a little encouragement from us. Let 2015 be your year, the year that you do it different and things actually change. Let us help.