It’s that time of year where people set new years resolutions, often about dieting and the like. I’m going to take the opportunity to share what I believe about health:
- I believe that diets are ineffective and potentially emotionally destructive. I believe that if you focus on healthy habits, weight loss will likely follow. Reject the diet mentality.
- I believe any obsession with food or weight is unhealthy. If you are preoccupied with food, calories, size, image, or weight, you should probably get help for disordered eating.
- I believe in creating realistic long-term habits focused on health. Learn to be active. Learn to cook. Learn to eat plants.
- I believe in Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much. His book says it best, so you should just read it.
- I believe in ignoring all the rules and learning intuitive eating. Listen to the only thing that matters: your body.
- I believe in experimenting. Identify what your body wants, when it wants it, and how much it wants. Experiment with different food philosophies to figure out what works for you.
- I believe that “eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to good will and happy companionship.” – Elsa Schiaparelli
- I believe in being active. I believe in finding activities that you love and doing those often! I don’t believe in going to the gym, unless you really love going to the gym.
- I believe regular strength training will help your muscles and your bones and your joints live a long, active life.
- I believe your body is your greatest asset, your greatest resource, your greatest tool in life.
- I believe in loving your body and treating it well so you are free to focus on loving others and living a meaningful life.