Or maybe I should say, who isn't on a diet, because I think the number would be much smaller. If you aren't on a diet right now I'm betting you have been on one in the past or are planning to go on one shortly (or both). Here is what I have to say about that: Diets do not work.
Again for dramatic effect: Diets do not work.
My (summarized) list of reasons why I say that:
Diets sometimes work in the short term, but not in the long term.
Diets set you up for lifetime of guilt when it comes to eating.
Diets create complexes with food that are unhealthy.
Diets can lead to eating disorders (I've been there and back).
Diets are miserable when you are on them.
Diets are miserable when you aren't on them.
Basically I believe that dieting is not the answer. I'm not saying we should all give in and accept that we will be forever fat. I know I need to lose weight. Just last week my doctor told me I need to, but he didn't tell me I have to lose it tomorrow, and he didn't tell me that I should be unhealthy and obsess about it. Granted I have been doing a little bit of that, but I am trying to move past that. I don't want weight loss to be the focus. I want health to be my focus. That is why I have been looking for solutions to help me.
What I have found has excited me more than anything else in this arena in a very long time. I believe that our bodies know what they need. I also believe that our bodies deserve to be treated kindly and to be nourished. I think the answer is learning to listen to our bodies.
Imagine for a minute that you have no restrictions on what you eat. Imagine that while you could eat all the chocolate in the world without guilt you simply don't want to because you know later in the day it will give you a headache. So instead you only have one piece and you feel completely satisfied and happy. Imagine how wonderful that would be.
My friend Sarah introduced me to a book that has changed her life. It is called Intuitive Eating. I have been devouring this book and am so excited by the possibilities that I have decided to share it with all of you. Thus I am doing a small give away. One of my readers will get a free copy of this book. I hope that it will be as enlightening to you as it has been for me. It worked for my friend. She no longer yo-yo diets or engages in dangerous eating habits. She is healthy. She eats whatever she wants, whenever she wants, lost a bunch of weight, and is easily maintaining a healthy weight for her body. That's what I am hoping to get from this. Maybe you can too.
There are three ways to enter:
1. Become a follower and leave me a comment telling me that you are now a follower (if you are already a follower just leave me a comment).
2. Post about this giveaway on your blog. Leave me a comment telling me you did so, and give me a link to your blog so I can see.
3. Share about the giveaway on your Facebook. Leave me a comment letting me know.
You can enter once or all three times. I'll close the giveaway on Friday. A winner will be randomly selected. I hope you'll enter!