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No More Diets: A Public Service Plea

Laura reflects on her early years and the 'Diet mentality' in week 6 of reFORM School

More traveling this week, although, this time, with way better food and a lot more exercise. I also had different traveling companions, one of whom was a 9-year-old girl. Confession: I struggled as I watched her eat. Her daily diet is horrific, and I wasn’t in a position to help her make better choices. She equates vegetables and healthy eating with “dieting,” snacks constantly on processed foods, and can’t finish a meal without dessert. She is very overweight, and though her family is bothered by this, nothing is being done to put her on a better path. In short, she’s a health and nutrition disaster in the making. As bad as all of that is, it has an additional level of meaning for me. I see my own childhood reflected in hers, and I can clearly see what her life will look like from a health standpoint. Either her family will allow her to continue eating the way she has eaten her entire life (which will likely result in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and/or high blood pressure), or something will happen to trigger different and better choices. My life could have easily gone the first route, but in my twenties, I finally figured out what healthy eating really looked like. Moreover, I realized it had to be something far beyond a diet. It had to be a lifestyle choice. But here’s the kicker—making healthy choices is hard, and it’s always going to be hard for me. When you’re brought up in a culture that doesn’t emphasize physical activity and a well-rounded, nutritious diet, it’s difficult—sometimes impossible—to figure out how to live a life that’s completely counter to everything you’ve ever known. One of the most frustrating pieces of my 9-year-old friend’s life is I know that, even if she overcomes the bad habits, she will probably always struggle with her weight, body image issues, and in making consistently healthy decisions. Grown-ups: let’s be done with DIETS. Your body is your life, and it deserves to be treated in a way that will safely carry you to the end of many, many days. Let’s stop passing our insecurities and poor choices down to our children. Instead, let’s give them a gift far greater than fast food, doughnuts, and ice cream. Let’s give them a future full of energy and a healthy relationship with food. We need that sort of life; we deserve that sort of life.

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Guest blogger Laura is participating in our 12 Week reFORM School Transformation Personal Training Program. Agree with her? Have anything you'd like to comment our our cultural approach towards diets, and healthy living as it pertains to youth in America? Comment below! And follow Laura's progress as she continues on her journey towards discovering a sustainably healthy lifestyle and healthier self. View her profile here. Need help on your own journey? Contact us to set up a complimentary consultation and discuss a program of your own. reFORM Studios, 1081-B East Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405   843-284-3340

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