We celebrate International No Diet Day on May 6. It is not as it sounds, a day to pig out and forget all the rules of sensible eating. No. According to Cute Calendar, Mary Evans Young created this holiday in 1992. After personally experiencing anorexia, she worked to help people appreciate themselves for what they are, and to appreciate the body they have. The National Eating Disorder Information Centre reminds us that health care professionals can also use this day to encourage people to engage in healthy lifestyles and to expose incorrect beliefs about food and weight.
People are coming to realize you don’t have to look like a Hollywood model to be beautiful. Dr. Kim Dennis, a psychiatrist, and CEO and medical director of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, has this to say. “We have a false belief that thinness equals power, thinness equals beauty, and thinness equals success. And not only thinness, but emaciation. And, for most women, the body type they strive to emulate is far from their natural, beautiful, God-given body type.”
There are various ways to approach healthy eating, such as mindful eating (see the book of the same name by Jan Chozen Bays. Another is the slow food movement. Their 2013 book is called Slow Food Nation and is an interesting read. The author, Carlo Petrini urges us to stay away from fast food, rather eating natural food grown locally. Another good person to read is Michael Pollan, with such books as In Defense of Food.
Finally, Days of the Year, has this advice. “Celebrating No Diet Day is best done by recognizing that your own body is beautiful exactly as it is. De-emphasizing your efforts to shed weight to look a particular way, it is far better to celebrate the holiday with efforts at beginning to live a healthier lifestyle altogether.”
Quotes about health and healthy eating
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.–William Londen
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear.–Buddha
Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.–Michael Pollan
Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.–Mike Adams
It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.–Meryl Streep
What the public expects and what is healthy for an individual are two very different things.–Esther Williams
You only get one body. Show yourself some respect. You and your body deserve the best so make it a priority to keep it clean. Eat unprocessed foods that are high in nutrition. If you treat your body right it will treat you right. In the long run your body will either be your best friend or your own worst enemy. It’s all up to you!–Adam Pegg
All people who live their lives on a diet are suffering. If you can accept your natural body weight and not force it to beneath your body’s natural, healthy weight, then you can live your life free of dieting, of restriction, of feeling guilty every time you eat a slice of your kid’s birthday cake.–Portia de Rossi
Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.–Morgan Spurlock
In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy. Notice there is no Never.–Ellie Krieger
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