We recently read a little blog post on the topic of dieting at the start of a new year. The post was quippy and light-hearted but it made us think.
The questions it posed were not new, but they didn’t sit well for us.
Are New Years commitments really doomed to fail?
No, commitments aren’t destined to fail. Ever. Diets fail because people have this idea that there is a savior, a scapegoat for our health. We are the only ones that can save ourselves. Your doctor can prescribe and advise. Your coach can hold your hand and slap food away from your open mouth. Your fridge can be stocked with healthful foods. All of this is a symptom of something bigger.
You are the common denominator. If you always fail at diets, it’s on you. No one is failing at anything for you. Also, let’s just touch on the use of the word fail. It’s not even a thing. Yet it’s aptly applied to all of those people that quit on themselves and let reasons and circumstance take the lead. That’s all failure really is. Resignation and acceptance of something other than the commitment that has been made. It means nothing.
Do we really need to feed ourselves as entertainment in the winter?
Why is this even an idea?! Feeding our boredom and depression through the darkness of winter has very real and often serious consequences. We really wish this idea would be stricken from the collective human consciousness. We aren’t living in a world that requires this (in western civilization) and it’s nearly offensive (if we got offended) that we still think we must save the winter months for gorging and feasting. Nope.
Being responsible for actions taken is the first step to abolishing this myth. No one needs to eat an entire box of candy while binge watching Netflix, just because it’s dark and cold outside. Come on people, giving that up isn’t giving up much.
Does food really lead to happiness?
What?! Do we even have to touch this? No, food isn’t happiness. Being happy about food is different than hoping food will make us happy. We acknowledge that a lot of foods do have an effect on brain chemistry but when food is used for chemical surges, it isn’t being used as a food. Feeding emotions (which shouldn’t even be sitting at the table) with food and hoping your feeling of happiness will last is like eating a piece of kale and hoping you’ll suddenly be healthier.
Whatever roots the unhappiness, and is being fed, is going to be there when Spring arrives and you no longer fit in your clothes. So, why not just get present to the real issues and deal with them powerfully. Be in action for your wellness. Trust us, feelings don’t really need to be fed. They are self-sustaining beings. They’ll be fine without chocolate.
Nope. We believe that a new year brings with it a new space for possibilities and creation. We believe this because we say it is so. We look for this in our lives and we view 2017 as another opportunity for wellness and happiness. It’s that way because we say it is.
You have that power too.