Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

As 2018 approached, I found myself mentally planning the diet I would go on come January. At first I was convinced that ‘Veganuary’, going Vegan for the whole of January, was the way to go. I would surely loose stones and finally get back to my pre-baby size and weight. So, I continued to enjoy my food over the Christmas break, knowing that in a weeks time I would change my outlook on life and make things ‘better’ over night. Oddly enough just a few hours into January, I realised that all I’d achieved by conforming to the New Year diet culture was finding a direct route to failure. Followed by disappointment, accompanied by misery and a constant state of ‘hangry’.

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Overindulging once in a while is ok –

Once the cold hard reality of my love of meat set in, I knew it was time to re-assess my weight loss goals for 2018. Starting with asking myself if I really need to lose any weight at all. Granted I’m not as small as I used to be, but I’m also by no means obese. I’ve had two children which has changed my body, in some ways irreversibly. I’ll never get rid of the stretch marks and I’ll always have a ‘mummy tummy’ as a result of them. So even if I spent the next few months starving myself, I’m not sure I’d be able to achieve the desired effect anyway.

With all of this running through my mind, I can’t help but think that overindulging once in a while is OK. Whether, it’s a birthday, a holiday or a takeaway night ‘just because’, treating ourselves isn’t the end of the world. I’m not saying you should constantly gorge on rubbish food because you feel like it, there wouldn’t be any benefits to that. What would be a benefit though, is enjoying a little of what you fancy every now and again.

Passing on healthy habits –

At the point of writing this, my eldest daughter is coming up to three years of age. She’s bright, intelligent and gets more aware of her surroundings every day. Having struggled with unhealthy eating habits for a lot of my life, the last thing I want to do is pass on poor habits to my girls. They both watch my every move, so it’s up to me to make sure I pass on healthy habits, to make sure that their relationship with food is the best that it can be.

There’s already so much negativity in the world regarding the way we look. The ‘perfect’ body image is forced into our subconscious everyday. Every Lifestyle blog I’ve come across has posts discussing the problems associated with the media and body image. I can only imagine how much worse this will get as our children get older. I want them to know and most importantly believe that they are beautiful. I want them to appreciate all that is positive about themselves and to realise that what the media portrays as ‘perfect’, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Everything in moderation –

I know this sounds like a cliché, but I truly believe in the power of everything in moderation. That includes food and exercise. In the past I’ve eaten too much food and not exercised enough. For a lot of my life, I’ve exercised far too much and eaten very little. Both of these scenarios did little for my health, mentally and physically. Adopting an everything in moderation attitude has been one of the healthiest choices I’ve ever made.

So, this year I’m saying goodbye to diet culture. I’m going live an everything in moderation kind of life. I’m going to eat healthily, treat myself once in a while and continue to exercise regularly. I truly can’t see the point in restricting my diet so much that it strips the joy out of life. I don’t want food to be at the forefront of my mind, when what I really should be thinking about is family, work and other things that make me happy!

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33 Replies to “Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me”

  1. Sounds like you’re on the right track. Temporary “diets” don’t do anything because they are temporary. One has to decide what is going to work for a lifetime, and that will be different for each person. I pay very little attention to fat or carbs or calories and have only two “rules” — never more than one alcoholic beverage (for me, a small glass of wine with dinner) and that only occasionally AND never more than 6 teaspoons of sugar in a day. If you’re interested, you can read about it here: http://www.delightfulrepast.com/2016/09/sugar-toxin-or-treat.html

  2. I’m with you – I’ve never dieted but just rely on the ‘don’t eat like an idiot’ philosophy to keep my weight stable. East lots of fruit/veg. Not much sugar. Regular exercise. But some ice cream/pizza on the weekends is no big deal. #fortheloveofblog

  3. It definitely sounds like you’re on the right track for you. After a lifetime of dieting I’m trying intermittent fasting – which isn’t as scary as it sounds. I’m basically eating healthy but whatever I want (within reason) but only within a limited window each day. It’s going well so far but we’ll have to see how it pans out in the long term! #BloggerClubUK

  4. How exciting to visit your new second blog! I have a terrible diet but usually only late at night when Taco Bell calls my name. I do alright the rest of the day. #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. I think you’ve got the right idea. I have decided from time to time to try different diets, but ultimately the only sustainable diet is to eat sensibly and take a regular exercise. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional splurge unless it becomes less and less occasional! #blogstravaganza x

  6. I have rheumatoid arthritis and I done a fair bit of research into how diet can affect this autoimmune disease. A vegan diet is held in high regard in some RA circles as being the best way to limit the advancement of it. My problem is that I love meat. I have no desire to be vegan, or vegetarian for that matter, even if it can prolong my defence against RA. I look after my body though, I east a good, balanced diet and I exercise – running marathons with RA isn’t recommended but I am doing well and have 1 under my belt already. I do indulge from time to time, because a bit of something you enjoy is also healthy for the brain and state of mind.

    1. You need to treat yourself, but taking action especially when you have RA is essential. It sounds like you have done amazingly well! Xx

  7. Crash diets are pointless. They help you temporarily lose weight that will come right back. My family lives by these rules. The old cliches are cliches for a reason! They continue to be right! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Very sensible advice here. I’m basically lazy and so do anything for an easier life! I’ve just started Pilates again though and love it! I’d forgot how much I love it in fact. Diet? No, I try to eat what I like in moderation but fail often! It’s ok though. I’m happy. #blogstravaganza

  9. I think when the word “diet” is thrown in there, it makes the body begin to revolt. You are on point with your thinking though with moderation and healthy habits. This is my weak (by weak I mean almost non-existent), area when it comes to eating healthy. My girls are already in the mindset that they need at least some junk during the day – right now they are addicted to chips, which is my fault. I love that you offer this advice from a parenting perspective. Sometimes, we (I) need to hear it from another parent for it to sink in! Great post, thanks for hosting #Blogstravaganza! (Also, I am really liking the new look of your blogs)

  10. I couldn’t agree with you more. For the whole of January, I couldn’t bear to jump on the January diet wagon and so I carried on in my own little merry way. I have to be honest though, I’ve started to feel a little lethargic so tomorrow I am starting to just watch what I eat and move a bit more. I won’t begrudge myself of treats though because then it won’t work. As you say, everything in moderation. Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, we’d love to see you back again on Tuesday.

  11. I definitely need to get eating healthier this year. I indulge on way too much chocolate every day and having it in the house means my eldest often eats too much as well. As you say, I don’t want them to pick up my bad habits. Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

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