You know, sometimes I wonder if we have created our own problems with obesity, morbid obesity, the increase in Type 2 diabetes, and the high prevalence of eating disorders that torment so many teens to the point of depression.
As a practicing dietitian, I sometimes find myself slipping into the commonality of talking about “healthy eating”, what is “good or bad”, and sometimes I catch myself just soon enough to say to myself, what are you about to do? I myself have fallen into the routine of buying low-fat products or sugar-free items at points in my life, and I will slowly but surely reel myself back in to what I know is true and wholesome for my body. All of these products that are marketed for “dieting” or “cutting back on X” start to drive even those of us who are well trained in nutrition and dietetics insane with doubt or questioning of our own beliefs. When will it all stop?
As our society continues to promote the next best weight loss product, promote a new line of sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, fat-free (I mean what is it made of at that point?) products, emphasize cleansing to “start fresh and pure” (which promotes restrictive behaviors by the way), or poke at severe weight gain or weight loss through reality TV, we just keep getting worse and worse. As a country we become heavier; we become more sluggish; we become more fixated on weight; and we become less fixated on the simple joys and pleasure of life… one of those being food.
I’m waiting for a day that I don’t know will every really come, but I encourage anyone who struggles with body image, weight maintenance, would like to lose weight, or is just not happy with who they see in the mirror to dig a little deeper and realize that the first thing they need to do is go back to the beginning. Start with the basics. Enjoy the sweetness of a piece of fruit, the saltiness and richness of homemade pizza with whole milk cheese, the crispness of a salad, and enjoy something that they really like at least once a week. Maybe that’s a serving of full fat ice cream, maybe that’s a slice of pizza, maybe its a burger with all the toppings, it doesn’t really matter. I want you to go for a walk or a run, go for a swim, go hiking and take in the beauty of whats around you, not fixate on the amount of calories you burned on your Fitbit.
I hope that maybe this post sparked something in someone or effected someone in a positive way. Again, as a Registered Dietitian, I ask that whenever you have questions regarding these topics such as weight, you go to someone like myself who is truly there to resurface your best self and help you find balance and happiness, not steer you in the direction of more self-hate, discouragement, or frustration.
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂