I am really really loving featuring these bloggers food diary posts each week! I want to keep my introductions short and sweet, but let me just say, that I LOVED this post by the lovely Sarah from Daydreams of Summertime. I’ve been on the health kick for four weeks now, and my will power really started wavering in the last week, and it all comes down to that ‘denying yourself’ mentality. I don’t deal well with ‘diets’ when I ‘diet’ all I think about is all the things that I can’t have.
But enough from me, Sarah says it better…
A Little of What You Fancy…
Firstly, I would like to thank Stephanie for giving me the opportunity to do a post about such an important issue. Today I am going to talk about my thoughts on dieting and how I go about staying healthy.
I think it is safe to say I have not always the biggest fan of my body. From about the age of eight when I was told by a family member I was fat I developed an unhealthy obsession with my weight and I started to comfort eat. I should point out that I was not at all fat, in fact I was completely healthy but when someone else tells you differently you start to believe them. Before that point I don’t ever remember being concerned with my body, in fact I don’t think I even noticed it in an aesthetic way.
By the time I went to secondary school, I was a little bit on the chubby side and kids being kids, I got bullied about it. One day when I was about 14 years old something changed, my confidence was at an all time low and I knew I needed to do something about it. This involved eating less and exercising more, but I made a point of not depriving myself of anything so that I wouldn’t end up focusing on things I couldn’t eat. I made sure I was eating more healthy foods but also if I wanted a treat that was OK – I just made sure I knew that I might have to work a little harder on the exercise to make up for it. I succeeded in slimming down to a weight I was more comfortable with.
Since then my weight has fluctuated, when I went to university I put everything I had lost right back on and had to go through the whole process of losing it again, but since then I have mainly managed to maintain a healthy weight. It was at university that I witnessed friends go on extreme fad diets, my flatmate went on the Atkins diet and lost about half a stone in two weeks, but the side effects were pretty grim, and she was obsessing about all the food she couldn’t eat and put it all of her weight back on once she started eating normally. In my experience, depriving yourself of certain foods is only sets you up for a fall.
I am not saying I have never flirted with these sorts of extreme diets before, but they have never worked for me. I think when we start depriving ourselves of things, that’s when you end up raiding the fridge in the middle of night binging on a block of cheese! The only thing that works for me is to just pay attention to what I eat and be more active. I eat lots fresh fruit and veg I have quite a healthy diet, and I cook the majority of my meals from scratch (or at least my boyfriend does!). The thing is I still like cake and I am not willing to give it up, but I also know that having it everyday for lunch is not a wise idea. I know it is a cliché but I really believe that everything in moderation is the only thing that works, that and exercise!
In this day and age when body image is everywhere and we are always being told we need to aspire to a certain ideal, we need to remember the only thing that really matters is that you are happy and healthy.