Diet – the amount of food consumed.
Dieting – the deliberate selection of food to control weight or nutrient intake.
How can two simple words turn an entire population into maniacs? Hands up anyone reading this post who has never been on a diet of some description. So out of the 10 people reading this post (oh I hope I haven’t exaggerated this number) I can see only 1 hand in the air. Well lucky you. You can now stop reading, head to the pantry and make yourself a cuppa with a couple of chocie biscuits.
Why do we feel guilty about eating?
Because this is what is being drummed into our heads from a young age and it is getting even worse. Advertisers use to push a ‘healthy option – like this:
Now advertisers like to make us feel guilty about eating by saying things like this:
When children are young, it’s the parents who control the eating habits of the child. They get a range of fresh foods, processed foods, flavoursome foods and bland foods but all given with love and encouragement by the parents. As children grow and become independent, they begin to make their own choices on what foods they want to eat. Hopefully by the time they are in this situation, all the wonderful parenting on what is the best choice of foods has brain washed the children to make the best decision. WRONG. No matter how great a parent you are, advertising and social pressures will be a greater influence on your childs decision.
Lets look at the history of diets and the magnificent results:
- 1800’s saw the Water/Vinegar diet
- Early 1900’s started the Cigarette Lucky Strike diet to slim down
- Then came the Grapefruit diet in the 1930’s
- Followed by the Cabbage Soup diet in the 1950’s
- Who could forget the parasite diet rumoured to have started by Maria Callus
- Then started the craze of diet companies to help lose weight – Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Gloria Marshall
- And how great are the diet shakes which started to appear in the market place
- Diet pills were the next big thing
- What about the Atkins diet or Zone diet or Paleo diet
The list could go on and on. So with all these brilliant diets, surely there is one that actually works. Well lets now look at the stats on weight in Australia:
The stat that gets me angry is 1 in 4 children are now classified as overweight or obese. So one way to make this stat better is to make our children, our tweens and our teenagers feel guilty about eating. Enough is enough!
We need toDr Rick Kausman, here are 5 ways to move the focus from weight loss to wellbeing:
- Practise Mindful eating – taking the focus from eating for diet to eating for health and what feels right for you.
- Eat slowly – the faster we eat, the more we tend to eat until we realise that we are overfull
- Be kind and compassionate to yourself – stop this punishment guilt we associate with eating the wrong food or too much. It only makes dieting worse and weight head in the wrong direction.
- Eat food without guilt – it is the guilt associated with eating that causes eating disorders and breakdowns.
- Any movement is a good thing – wherever possible, move your body. If you can walk instead of hoping in the car, do it.
Stop the guilt and start the Wellbeing.
How do you encourage your children to eat without any guilt involved?
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