Wednesday, 1 February 2012

LIFE: A non-dieting approach to eating better

Ok, i admit it, I'm a total anti-dieting Nazi.  I HATE everything to do with the dieting industry - the way they pray on and humiliate vulnerable women, the way they happily destroy your self esteem and confidence and steal your money and and and.. ok I'll stop the rant! 

I used to diet, sure, but I quickly ended up in the disordered eating cycle of bingeing and deprivation.  I would binge because I was miserable/lonely/happy/sad/angry etc, and then feel worse after it, and go back on the diet.  Dieting has been shown not to work though; something like 95% of dieters put their weight back on (plus some more) within 5 years of dieting.  I have been going down the 'intuitive eating' route for the last 2 years, and my GOD does it make for a better life!! I am also much thinner than when I was dieting, and soo much happier.

Anyway, as you can see I feel very strongly about this!! Which makes what I'm about to say all the more difficult...

I. Need. To. Control. My. Eating. Better.

I get to work and I'm on the cake before 10am.  I just graze on sugar all day, and wonder why I get so sleepy.  I just live on sugar highs followed by sugar crashes.  I get rid of the crashes by eating more sugar.  Life is just one long roller coaster, nutritionally speaking.  I know sugar isn't the best thing in the world for my MH, and the meds that I'm on can cause diabetes II, so I don't really want to increase that risk!

So what am I going to do?  Well, I've got a month free at Graze to see if I like it (comment on this post if you want a free box voucher code), I'm cutting out the cake and chocolate as much as I can.  I'm going to eat more Nakd bars and that kind of thing, to see if slow-release foods make a difference to my energy levels.

But, and I feel this is the important part, I'm not going to beat myself up if/when I do eat chocolate.  I'm not going to act like I'm a failure, or think that there's a bandwagon to fall off, cos there's not.  I feel I'm making a mature and responsible decision that will not have a negative impact on my life.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the compliment!!
    i lost 10 lbs by xmas and gained 12 since then. made me verrrrry angry...but here i am eating a sandwich and jalapeno chips on my lunch break.
    Im not going to beat myself over it either. *sigh


    take care!


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