Ditch the Diet & Start the Doggie Walks

Wow what a weekend!

coffee-and-walnut-cake-slicedFirst said goodbye to family after enjoying two weeks of great company and eating far too much indulgent food and zero exercise. (Unless you want to count leisurely outings which also involved food!)

I have to confess I am a lover of delicious food, food that has high fat content and sugary bliss. I am addicted! Like most of us as we reach the cusp of middle age, we can’t get away with it any more, inside or out.

I have always been against dieting, even for all of the purported health benefits. I have seen the most stringent of dieters succumb to serious illnesses. Granted the other extreme can come with severe consequences too. However, some of those who have cut out carbs completely, reduced their fat intake to near zero and live with what appears to be a miserable food relationship have failed their bodies and minds. All their hard work was to be in vain, a victim to commercialism.

The big issue of the withdrawal of food to become ultra skinny, is in a bid to emulate gaunt7b8b68cefebf67546789b109fd33e704 figures in the media and it is forever rising. Some people are naturally slim as are people naturally curvy. The main problem is how we are still made to idolise the stick figure against other perfectly healthy body types.  I read articles on children so young to even be considering dieting, who are subjecting themselves to not eating and the carefree childhood is replaced by an obsession with their weight. They should never be contemplating their size at such a small age.

I was gobsmacked that the fast food restaurant I guiltily visited this morning for breakfast, have installed ipads instead of a play area for the little ones. Not only do we have some of the younger generation eating shitty processed food, we also have them encouraged to disassociate from beneficial interaction with others and sit slumped at the latest tech gadget. What’s the bigger picture here? In thirty years time we will have a pandemic of an unhealthy lifestyle from one extreme to another.

I can’t and won’t ever subject myself to extremes, but a shop of essentials including vegetables, meat, fish and fruit is now in the cupboard. More home cooked meals, less sugary processed foods. Full fat butter is still included, whole milk and a large amount of eggs. I haven’t had an avocado for a while, so that went in the trolley, delicious but healthy. A slice of cake may come as a treat at the end of the week, see how I go!

Dog Walking Animal Dogs Pet Walking Dog WalkMy aim is to get up early and join the family for the daily dog walk, in times when I am not lethargic.   Right now, I have my dog laying at my feet waiting patiently for me to throw her ball, You can learn a lot from animals. She often looks at all technology strangely, probably thinking humans are ridiculous!  Going to try to also do some long awaiting yoga as I hate gyms, I feel like a hamster on a wheel, and love outdoor nature too. A spot of  gardening wouldn’t go a miss!

No way will I ever be a slave to the latest fad when it comes to food, exercise or technology.

I better get those trainers out!

With warmth and wishes x

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14 thoughts on “Ditch the Diet & Start the Doggie Walks

  1. Your post makes me remember one of my favorite quotes from Morrie Swartz, “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it” 🙂

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  2. Very nice post. The dark side of interconnectedness is the pressure to conform to the standards the media sets for us. Being shamed directly or indirectly by what we see and read. The message needs to be about health and balance and aging with grace not preventing aging at all costs. Shall I call you Rabbit? Are you a fan of Alice, then? 🙂

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    1. Hi there, lovely to hear from you Meg. Using the ‘rabbit’ pseudonym for a lot of reasons and felt it was synonymous to how it feels when we go through life, with the many ups and downs. We are sometimes in a hole and sometimes we are enjoying the wonderful wonders on earth x

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  3. I think you simply need to feel good and not fit into other people’s measure. We are not machines and everybody is beautiful the way they are. But yes, when it comes to health issues I agree that something has to be done. Have a lovely week!

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  4. Excellent points. Fad diets are just that…fads. Each of us has our own way of being healthy and that’s the beauty of it really…there are that many ways. We all have to find our way. Personally, I see nothing wrong with a slice of cake at the end of the week. 🙂

    Gorgeous dog. 🙂

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  5. After years and years of dieting I have settled in to just trying to keep the practice of eating healthy natural foods. Veggies, fruits and meats (usually lean). I cook dinners, we rarely eat out. I do have an ice cream craving in the evenings, but I keep the serving size low. The diet centers are in it for our money, not for our health.

    This is a great article!

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    1. thank you Leslie, means a lot x I am new to blogging and am hoping that you and others find my blogs interesting to read. Lots to discuss and share and also loving all the posts everyone else is sharing too. So lovely for the company and community within this realm 😀 xx

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