The Anti-Diet Project

It’s Sunday, the 1st of May. I’ve spent the last few days contemplating how I would restart my diet food plan for life today. Debating whether it was viable to start today, considering it’s a Sunday and a long weekend and all. It would have been so much better if this first day of a new month fell on a working Monday…everyone knows it’s better to start a diet way of eating on a Monday. But August (when the 1st of the month does actually fall on a Monday and that’s three months away, by which time I may have put on another ten kilograms by eating last suppers before the diet healthy way of life begins. images

I wish I could say I was just trying to be funny in that first paragraph, but that really is how my head works. I plan to start my diet eating well almost each week and sometimes I succeed for a few hours or days and sometimes I succeed for a few weeks and even months. Sometimes the will is strong and sometimes it is non-existent. Sometimes I try to make the changes holistic and I journal, support group etc etc. Sometimes I toy with the idea of a quick fix, a crash diet kick start. Even though I have learned my lesson and gotten the XL t-shirt from those supposed miracle cures, I still catch myself looking twice at an advert, or pricking up my ears when I hear a conversation about how great Mary looks after trying *insert wonder obesity cure here*.

Okay, so back to my pondering about the best way and day to start my diet way of life. It may sound a bit hippy trippy (my friends know know that I am a bit of a wannabe hippy anyway) but I’m a bit of a believer in the universe sending me messages. This week, as I searched through my Kindle app (which I haven’t touched in a while) for something new to read, I came across a book that I had bought and never read called “Intuitive Eating”. I found an unread novel too, but this book caught my attention and I kept thinking about it… that maybe I should actually try reading it. This morning, I read the prologue and a bit of the first chapter. And then I decided to do some internet research… and came across the anti-diet project  and got to reading some of the many blog posts and I suddenly feel inspired, and a little, no actually a lot, terrified.

The basic idea is re-teaching yourself the very basic, and what should be obvious, skill of eating instinctively. Eating what your body craves, when it craves it, and as much, or as little as it craves. It sounds pretty straight forward, but when you have spent over half your life dieting, it really isn’t. It’s a complete paradigm shift – away from the legal/illegal foods, the cheats, the points, the good carbs and bad carbs, the good fats and bad fats.It’s not about losing weight. That is probably the most terrifying aspect of all. I want to be thin. There! I said it. Yes, I want to be healthy and wise, but I also really want to be THIN. And this is not about being thin. It’s about being at peace with yourself, your body and your mind. And that… that is just so appealing!

I have no idea whether this new idea will bed down, take shape, grow and no promises about whether I will ever even post about this again, because it is a mere seed of a plan at this stage, but I am going to hit “Publish” on this post, and go to bed and read a bit more of the book. And for tomorrow, there will be no diet, no legal or illegal food. Somehow, I feel a little more peaceful knowing that.

If you have any thoughts on this, I would absolutely love to hear them.

 

 

3 Replies to “The Anti-Diet Project”

  1. Good luck, sincerely. The best piece of advice I’ve ever come across with regards to eating is this: Consciously enjoy every mouthful. Doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you consciously enjoy it.
    I’d also like to say that I’ve been attempting various methods of eating well over the last month, and you’ve just reminded me of that important rule, which I need to remember. So, thank you, and again: Good luck.

  2. C.L.H.’s advice above is truly the one to adopt and internalise. It will help to think a wee bit about stuff like nutritive value of what one is about to pop into one’s mouth and I guess learn to be moderate (and not self-denying) about comfort food. The other thing is to view diet in the sense of the noun as in food and not in the sense of the verb which I totally agree is full of negative connotations such that a backslide is always around the corner if one views diet as equal to denial and that too for only a specific period – unless it is a conscious informed lifestyle change, I doubt if any good eating habits will be sustainable or yield positive results. A food diary needs only to be compared to mood, stamina, sense of well-being diary and that alone will tell us that more the crap we eat, crappier we feel and look. Re-focus on building strength, stamina, energy and feed your body nutrient dense foods consciously and happily – the last is my takeaway from your interesting post. All the best with intuitive eating👍✌

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