When I hit the elliptical trainer, I like to read candy for the mind (as in junk). It’s a guilty pleasure and perhaps one I need to give up this Lent and beyond, especially after reading this while flipping through a fashion magazine this weekend: “There’s a backlash against diets that don’t include food because they just aren’t sustainable.”
I’m not joking.
Isn’t a diet that doesn’t include food also known as starvation? And has starvation ever been sustainable?
I know so many women who blame their lack of willpower for not being able to lose those last five pounds or for not being able to maintain their slimmer silhouette after a diet.
I don’t blame them at all. I blame diets – or at least the diet mentality that food or certain groups of food are bad, bad, bad.
It is not your weakness that has led you to fail at losing weight or squeezing into those coveted jeans. It is your repeated attempt to diet and to deprive yourself of nourishment. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full. Easier said than done, I know, but give it a try. Listen to your body. Lent is about being mindful. Resolve to be mindful of everything that passes through your lips and remember this: Food is not the enemy. Food is also not your friend although it’s so easy to vilify it or use it to soothe emotions frayed with stress or sadness. Don’t feed your feelings. Don’t complicate the eating process. Food is fuel. Eat wholesome foods. Sometimes eat what you crave, and don’t feel guilty about it either. But, please, do eat. Because as someone who waged a war against her body and food for far too long, I have to agree with the fashion magazine on this one: Denying yourself of food just isn’t sustainable.