Make Your Favourite Dish
Seeing that it’s all about eating without over-thinking, International No Diet Day (INDD) is the perfect day to make your favourite dish You Tube!
Remember: it’s not about skimping or over-eating – just enjoying something you love in a healthy way. We did a fast poll around the office and these were just some of our favourite dishes:
- Lamb Rogan Josh
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Steak With Everything
- Roasted Lemon Chicken
Silencing Those Ugly Voices in Our Heads
- “You’re too fat.”
- “You’re not fat enough.”
- “You’re the right size, but you’d better keep it that way.”
- “If you put on weight, you carry it in the belly danger-zone.”
- “Those foods are ‘naughty, and these foods are ‘good’.”
If any of these lines ring your bell, then INDD is for you. It’s not a day for eating badly, or well – it’s a day when you’re allowed to not think about it at all!
What is INDD?
For Mary Evans Young, like so many others, it began with being bullied at school because she was overweight. Three incidents changed the way she saw everything about dieting and weight-loss:
- First, during a coffee-break chat she listened as a group of women debated over whether to have a biscuit! It seemed like such a waste of time and energy – spending 10 minutes feeling undecided, or bad, about a biscuit!
- Then came the story of a woman who’d had three stomach-stapling operations.
- The last was an account of a schoolgirl who’d committed suicide because she was being bullied about her weight. Young decided it was time to do something!
Instantly Lose 1kg of Guilt!
The question that Young asks (and it’s a good one) is: “What do you think would happen if you spent as much time and energy on your careers as you do on diets?”
Think about the amount of time, money, research and discipline that goes into sticking to something like the cabbage or grapefruit diet.
Why not put all of that dedication into improving, or adding to, your work skills? Think about all of the guilt we attach to one biscuit – why not spend that emotional time just being kinder to yourself, and everyone else?
Celebrate Yourself, Celebrate Others!
Young started International No Diet Day in May 1992. The idea is to appreciate yourself as a person, and that includes the body you have. There are a few other goals, too:
- Celebrate the diversity and beauty of all our natural shapes and sizes. Truly, there is no ‘one size fits all’ – no matter what the fashion mags tell you! Some of us are tall, others short and it’s our genes that determine whether we carry weight on our hips, tummies or bums. Your natural shape is the perfect one for you!
- This is also a day to remember & honour the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery.
Let’s end weight discrimination and ‘fatphobia’ together, starting with yourself. So, tell us: what are you cooking up for #INDD?!
Read more here: Facebook International No Diet Day