Saturday, January 1, 2011

Have you seen the New Year's Revolution?

You must check out  the New Year's Revolution!  This concept may change your life.  At this time of year, we are pummeled with body attack ads that promise our whole lives will be better if we only lose weight.  

Don't fall for it.  You can make your life better right now, independent of weight.  Give yourself a better day today with self-care and self-acceptance, and you will be one day closer to a better life.  (If you fall for the hype and begin a diet, you know where you will be?  You will be one day closer to your next binge or your next yo-yo diet heart break.)

What makes it so scary to let go of dieting?  Fear.  The diet industry has spent billions of dollars to convince us that the opposite of dieting is overeating and "letting yourself go".  That is bunk!  Overeating and giving up on your self-care are reasonable REACTIONS to the frustration of watching your weight.  They are the other side of the coin to dieting, not the opposite.  

If you want to get off the body hate and yo-yo dieting merry go round, then embrace self-care instead of weight loss goals.  Appreciate your body instead of criticizing it. A new study published in the journal Obesity, suggests that weight stigmatization can lead to avoidance of exercise.  Yes, when you embrace the cultural hatred of fat bodies, then you are setting yourself up to avoid some of your important self-care ... movement and exercise for the pleasure of it.

When you focus on Health At Every Size℠, you are not letting yourself go.  You are committing to self-care.  Look at these 5 principles of HAES℠.  

1. Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
2. Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
3. Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
4. Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
5. Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather
    than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.
That IS healthy living.  This year, join the New Year's Revolution, instead of yo-yo dieting!

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