Over the weekend, I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit my family. My sister asked me what foods I wanted, “Because I know you are on a special diet.”
“I’m not on a diet,” I answered.
“That’s what you’ve been writing about, you know, in your blog,” she responded.
I hope that I haven’t mislead anyone into thinking that these 30 days are about some “special diet.” Maybe we need to clarify the vocabulary.
The word “diet,” has multiple meanings:
3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:
The idea is to be healthy and content, mind and body. We know that being overweight increases our risk of contracting many diseases. But, if you’ve seen the TED talk that’s been circulating on social media, you’ve discovered that it is not the most significant indicator of longevity. That prize belongs to “social integration.” (See the video, below.)
This is a really important finding. It could change so much about how we think about diet, being overweight, and healthy life styles.
How does “fat shaming” hurt people’s health?
Why do we keep spending money on fad diets and restricted calorie diets when we know that these don’t work?
Why is the food industry allowed to continue producing and marketing addictive products that are harmful to our health and extremely costly to the public in terms of obesity-related medical care?
Our 30 Days of Health and Contentment is aimed at achieving a healthy body and happy spirit. Let’s recognize that to get there takes some knowledge and commitment; that it isn’t always easy, especially when powerful special interests have an economic stake in keeping us unhealthy; and that some of what we’ve been taught is completely wrong.
And let’s promise not to spend another dime on weight-loss products. Buy some good food, and invite your friends over for dinner, instead.
This post is not intended to offer medical advice. Check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise plan.
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I think that’s the only way it really works!
I understand completely. My “diet” just means avoiding junk food — most of the time — but eating pretty much what I want in moderation.