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Why I’m not doing Junk Free June

June 27, 2016

I know Junk Free June is almost over, but you still hear about it pretty much daily. At least here in New Zealand. I’m not sure if it’s a worldwide challenge or if it’s an NZ one, I haven’t looked into it too much. I’d like to start by saying I totally support those that do the challenge, and they’re doing it for a great cause. The idea of it is pretty great.

So why am I not doing it? Well, I’ve tried to go on diets in the past, and sure, I might get a bit slimmer and lose a bit of those love handles that annoy me so much. But at what cost? Does it make me happy? Maybe briefly, but in the end, it doesn’t. If anything, I find myself being less happy, and that’s something I’ll do everything I can to avoid.

Eating foods that I like does make me happy, and I don’t think that I should have to cut them out. I believe in the saying ‘Everything in moderation’. Sure, the moderation part can be quite tricky, but I don’t think cutting them out completely is the way to go. I think it’s better to reduce portion sizes than eat something you don’t enjoy just because it’s ‘better for you’.

Portion size

I have no idea what diets actually work well for your health and which don’t, but as long as my doctor is happy with my weight and my cholesterol levels, I don’t think I have to worry too much.

I remember when I was a teenager, I used to read those magazines where they always focused on how skinny and good looking celebrities were, and how ‘fat’ some others were. I hated seeing things like that, so I said to myself ‘I will never go on a diet and I will always eat whatever I feel like’. That obviously didn’t work in the long run, seeing as back then I didn’t really think about the fact that you can be unhealthy on the inside even if you look skinny on the outside.

I was told a few years back that my cholesterol levels were too high and quite concerning. My doctor recommended a diet, and I went along with it. I did manage to bring my cholesterol levels down, which is great, but I was pretty unhappy during the process. I then had a chat to a different doctor and told him I wanted to check if my cholesterol levels had gone down to an acceptable level. He took a look at my previous results and looked at me like I was crazy. He said that the levels were slightly higher than recommended, but far from a concern and that a diet was a bit extreme.

So after I was told that, I basically went back to eating what I felt like, but I cut out a lot of fast foods that I realised I didn’t actually enjoy that much, and just ate them because it was convenient. I started cooking at home a lot more, which really helped.

Pasta

So I guess my point is that too many people diet because they feel like they should, when in reality they probably don’t need to. Cutting back is often enough, rather than cutting out. And my second point is that you should do what makes you happy. Yes, I have a bit of extra chub around my hips and there are certainly no abs to be seen, but at the end of the day, that’s totally OK as long as I’m happy and my doctor confirms I’m healthy.

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8 Comments

  • Natasha

    I couldn’t agree more! Diets are such a short term solution and a long term healthier overall diet is so much better and means you don’t have to fight with yourself to resist foods you want to eat! xx

    June 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Yeah, giving up foods I like just wouldn’t work for me at all. I would get extremely grumpy, haha.

      June 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    I liked this post! Short-term “quick fix” diets have been linked with a less likelihood to remain at a good weight, and much more of a likelihood to back-fire. Of course, the magazines and celebrities never say it! But it’s true. I definitely prefer the “overall diet” approach and eating-what-I would-like method too! I also just try to observe my body and make sure that the food I’m eating is food that makes it feel good and gives it energy.

    June 28, 2016 at 2:31 am Reply
    • Sophie

      I remember being on a diet once and I cut out things like chocolate and dessert in general. Then because of my cravings, I started eating way too much of it because I had missed out for so long. I don’t think that would have happened if I allowed myself a treat every now and again. 🙂

      June 28, 2016 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Face to Curls

    I have never diet before but you’re right, eat what makes you happy but everything in moderation. Dieting really is only a short term solution but eating healthy everyday is the best thing overall thing we can do for our-self and our healthy. x

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    June 29, 2016 at 1:43 am Reply
    • Sophie

      I’ve tried diets and I’ve found they only make things worse. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

      June 29, 2016 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Tanya

    I completely agree with you! Whenever I intentionally deprive myself of sweets I go over board after a few days of going without. Everything in moderation is the only way to go to stay sane and not get obsessed with food.

    June 29, 2016 at 5:52 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Totally! I just need to get a bit better at the moderation part 🙂

      June 29, 2016 at 6:06 am Reply

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