I plan to write more about what I mean by the whole life approach to dieting, but I was sitting around thinking about eating and food today and I had a bit of a revelation.
Planning yet again to give up soft drinks, eat a whole foods diet and all in all get healthier. I was going over again when my start date should be, things I could do to stick with it, and how to all in all transform my diet.
I think these things a lot, but for a long time, it hasn't come to much of anything but thinking. I took note of this and looked a little deeper. I asked myself a question that I never really had before. "Do I really want to change the way I eat?"
The immediate response was a defensive, "Duh, of course I do." But I paused and asked again. I realized that it's more complicated that than. Do I want to lose weight? Yes. Feel better about myself? Yes. Be in better shape? Yes. Yes. Yes.
But do I want to give up the comfort of sweet or fatty snacks? Not really. Give up the sugar rushes? Umm, well... Stop the warm and full feeling of midnight snacks? Ok. I give up. I don't really want to do it. The sacrifice feels too great.
So now what? Well, I think acknowledging it is a first step. And this is where the real work has to come in, figuring out how to shift my no to a yes, and reluctance into an embrace. Actually, this is where the idea that dieting has to be about more than eating but also about living really has to come in. I will come back to this more later.