When did I accept that I had become boring? Probably when out for dinner after work, contemplating what time I’d be home. A school night and all. Dinner is never quite what it was for healthy young women. Too much social judgement, and one too many diets. Fancy joining me and my sister for a meal? She’s strictly keto, and I’m vegan.
An article on i news, shares statistics stating “nine in ten” will break their January diets merely twelve days in. Which backs up my post: A Good Dieting Style is a Myth. The culprit they say, are cravings such as chocolate. Being a plant-based eater, I’ve learnt to accept my one great non-dairy brand, because supermarket aisles are infused with cow.
I have lost weight and toned up. Two dress sizes down since August; ab lines peaking. I could type more words on my DNA Diet, talk about my schedule and the nitty-gritty hardships. Splatter this piece with motivational quotes and snippets of wisdom. But you’ll only read those in the same you read the others.
A lack of support
Truth is, I labelled myself a ‘health freak’. I embraced that I’m in a group of healthy young women who care about nutrition more than a packet of crisps. I’m not ashamed. No more pretending. When office people, friends and family, gather round to proudly confess their weakness for sugar and saturated fat – otherwise known as fast-food, why do we feel we need to join in?
Go on a diet for a few months to shed holiday pounds and you’ll be supported. Classify yourself healthy without depending on diets, and you’re that annoying, boring, thinks she’s perfect woman who doesn’t know how to live – heck you’re so dull, why not turn-off your T.V and just sit in silence? Healthy young women are judged like an online dating profile. One that remains perpetually single.
Society and social events are two of the biggest causes. Unless you are willing to spend a small fortune, a nutritious lunch is near impossible. Restaurants continue to cater for people who want to gorge their daily calories in a sitting. Rarely a balance unless you live in a modern city. Clothing shops have started selling sweets, and advertising boards seem designed for KFC and chocolate bars which convince you they have energy powers at 2pm.
Issues when choosing health
Nobody likes feeling guilty, especially when they are about to enjoy unhealthy food. So, for healthy young women wishing to peacefully maintain their good lifestyles or improve this year, it’s not as simple as learning to curb impulses. There is backlash to face from those who deem wellness too much. You have to plan and remain consistent, in a world capitalising on our addiction for sweetness and overloaded grub.
According to a piece published in The Guardian, obesity is not due to eating more and exercising less. It’s because the food we are eating, is less nutritious. More sugary cereals, confectionary and snacks. Brands hire teams of food scientists and specialists to trick our minds into choosing their processed rubbish. When you choose to live a healthy life, you are naturally putting yourself at war with educated experts.
Of course, it’s tough to leave their mind games abruptly at the start of January. Diets are like Las Vegas gambling machines – it’s only a matter of time before you lose. Making a long-lasting change, takes trial and error, patience and belief. Also, knowledge. The gap between ‘healthy and ‘non-healthy’ is widening. Fitness influencers who live on salads and chia seeds, and women who follow them, without having a clue how to prepare overnight chia seed pots. Being healthy is about balance, but it’s also about making your own decisions.
Healthy young women need freedom
Letting yourself decide when to give in to temptation and when to put together a 5-minute stir-fry instead of oven food. Having your own ability to not follow the crowd – this is my body, this is how it will look, and this is how I will find balance…
Healthy young women can’t have it all. Being healthy is one thing – quite another to accept negative comments, social awkwardness, insecurities of others placed upon you and a society which goes against your ideals. Sometimes, it’s better to say you’re boring, call yourself a health freak and then when people tell you to have a night off, ask them to have a night on.
How do you feel about New Year dieting? Is it more stressful avoiding cravings or figuring out what to eat in social situations?