Adding baby #5 last February, my husband and I knew we had to be very purposeful with our time this past summer. We simply couldn’t do it all.
So, we said no to baseball and yes to the pool. For the most part, we said no to my role as “working mom” and yes to my role as “summer-stay-at-home mom.” (Both are work, trust me.) We said no to camps and yes to camping. If you’re wondering, Elliot and the three oldest said yes to sleeping in the tent but I said “no way!” and brought the youngest two home to bed. I’m not that fun.
Did our choices lead to nothing but dandelions and popsicles? Certainly not, but it was truly one of our best summers ever.
I can’t help but reflect on the fact that finding peace with food, feeling great about yourself, and fueling healthy happy families – which is my mission in working-mom mode – often comes down to simply saying yes and no to the right things as well. And dieting actually tops the “no” list. Here’s why:
- Diets are not sustainable.
- Irregular eating and a history of dieting in order to lose weight actually lead to weight gain and eating problems in the long run.
- Evidence suggests that repeatedly losing and gaining weight is linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and altered immune function.
- Dieting is associated with negative side effects, such as disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, stigmatization, and discrimination.
When you think about it, dieting is not only hard on you, but difficult on everyone around you. To truly be healthy, feel your best, and make a positive impression on those you love, start taking a weight-neutral approach to life and say yes to overall well-being.
Begin with three things:
- Listen and trust your body. Your instinct and intuition will lead you to eat well, eat in moderation, and move often.
- Align health with your true purpose in life; in doing so, you’ll find both motivation and success.
- Strategize and set yourself up for healthy living; meanwhile, drop the notion of will power altogether.
Remember: Health happens when you take care of yourself, which you can do every step and size of your life. Take care of you and weight will take care of itself!
Author: Liz DeJongh, MS, is President of Well Simplified, a certified health & wellness coach, and co-creator of Mind.Set.Goal!, a holistic 7-step lifestyle program that gives you tools to find peace with food, feel great about yourself, and fuel healthy, happy families. She and her sister Ginny Clark, MS, RD, have 30 years combined experience helping people overcome their struggles with food, weight, and health without dieting. Learn more at www.wellsimplified.com and www.mindsetgoal.com.
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