I’m reading a book, The Barefoot Investor. Heard of it? One of the excerpts is about April. A mum who said she was “so excited to have a New Year’s resolution that didn’t involve dieting”.
It dawned on me…. How many of us set dieting or ‘healthy eating’ resolutions each year?
Anyone would be forgiven for thinking that’s what we’re supposed to do.
How many articles spout the hottest diet and healthy eating trends this time of year — like hot cakes.
So why no dieting or healthy eating resolutions?
A new year brings a renewed energy, motivation. A chance to reset. Regain control of life.
Heck, we need resolutions.
But think over any dieting or ‘healthy eating’ resolution you’ve done in the past.
How better off were you?
Did the changes you make have lasting impact?
Did you enjoy it? If you did that’s great — no need to read any further :)
Thing is…. dieting and healthy eating resolutions work for a bit. But rarely, long-term.
Like a cheetah, fast and strong for the first 100 metres but then stops in its tracks to try again another day.
Reality? They end in rules and deprivation that are tiresome to follow.
Must not eat chocolate
No carbs at dinner …. disaster for pasta lovers
More work, less enjoyment …. pardon my negativity.
A different resolution?
How about if we left the dieting and healthy eating stuff off the new years resolution list and tried something different — like April?
Sure, aim to eat well. But don’t make it a central focus in life. When we do this, it leads us down a rabbit hole of labelling our days as ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’. Feeling guilty if we don’t stick to the ‘rules’.
What about a resolution that offers connectedness instead?
Learn a new skill? Surfing? Painting?
Spend more time with the kids or friends doing stuff. Hiking? Exploring? Eating out?
Ditch the job that’s been dragging you down?
Learn how to cook a new cuisine? (food based, not diet or rule-based.)
When we’re happy and fulfilled, the other stuff (like eating well) will follow.
We’re more likely to look after ourselves. We’re more likely to nourish our bodies — intuitively. We’re more likely to respect our bodies and respond to its needs — instead of fighting it.
And that’s good for health.
Just a thought – surfing anyone?