The way my story starts will probably make nutritionists cringe in dismay, but in life I have never done things the right way. Ever since I hit puberty, I have struggled with my weight. I loved soda and chips and everything fattening. Still do, actually. Combine that with a sedentary life curled up watching movies or reading a good book and you can see my problem.
During my college years, my weight tended to yo-yo. One of my lowest points was when I tried on dresses for my sorority formal in my junior year. I was crushed at how big I had gotten. After that, I seesawed between size 16 and size 18 through most of my adult life.
The Turning Point
Now approaching 40 years old with four kids, I finally have a true grasp on what healthy living means. Better late than never, right? What you will find most surprising though is my “aha” moment. It wasn’t until stress was having an adverse reaction to my body that I realized I had to get serious about my health.
Chasing after four kids, job uncertainty and bills piling up all made me lose my appetite. I tend to be an emotional eater, but I was just too tired and worn out to put my hand in the potato chip bag. But I wasn’t eating the healthy foods either. Without even realizing it, I lost almost twenty lbs, and two pant sizes. Now although it made feel good when I started receiving compliments, I was scared that if left unchecked I could really hurt my body. Already my energy levels were low and I was getting sick a lot more. I knew then that I had to pay attention to my diet.
What is the Un-Diet?
The Un-Diet approach is when instead of following diets like Paleo or Weight Watchers or Slimfast which are about denial, you practice mindful eating. In the last few months, I have forced myself to slow down and watch what I put in my mouth. Before I would forget to eat all day and then binge on my favorite junk food while now I consciously create healthy choices for all my meals. Fresh fruit, vegetables are a big part of my diet now as well as water instead of soda, and I stay away from frozen meals and anything with a lot of preservatives. I don’t deny myself, but I don’t binge either.
It’s only been a few weeks, but already I have more energy and my pants are getting loose again. This time I am not worried though, because I am making sure my body gets the nutrition it needs. My next step is to incorporate exercise for toning my body. I still have a long way to my goal of size 10 or 12, but I know that I am on the right track.