Only eat carbs in the morning.
Never eat carbs at any time of the day.
Do not eat after 6:00 p.m.
Absolutely no sugar.
You should only be eating X amount of calories per day.
Diet rules – you have heard them before, probably even followed some of them at least once.
But…do the “rules” actually work? Will following them make you “healthy”?
While it is always important to watch what we put into our bodies, sometimes dieting can be taken to the extreme – and not in a good way.
This is where International No Diet Day comes in.
What Is International No Diet Day?
Contrary to how the name sounds, International No Diet Day is not necessarily a day to ditch your
diet in order to load up on all of the unhealthful foods out there.
Instead, it is a day focused on health, establishing a positive body image and learning how to develop a healthy relationship with food.
International No Diet Day has been around since 1992 when British feminist Mary Evans Young established the day and hosted the first celebration at her home.
Having suffered Anorexia Nervosa in the past, Young was disturbed by the number of women and girls who also dealt with poor body image and eating disorders. She was determined to put a stop to this epidemic, and thus created No Diet Day as a way for women to stop focusing on their diets and appreciate the bodies that they have.
The celebration has come a long way since its inception and is now celebrated annually worldwide on May 6th.
Why Is It Important?
International No Diet Day is important because it sheds light on the dangers associated with unhealthful dieting.
We all know that watching what you eat is important. However, when this concept is taken to the extreme it can cause eating disorders such as Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
And more people are suffering today than ever before…
- 10 million women and 1 million men struggle with eating disorders daily in the United States.
- 4 out of 10 people have either experienced an eating disorder themselves or know of someone who has.
- 42% of female athletes resort to eating disorders to maintain their weight.
- Over 50% of teenage girls use restrictive eating methods to lose weight.
- On college campuses, approximately 91% of women have reported controlling their weight through dieting.
What many people do not realize is that dieting is not the answer. Being healthy is all about a lifestyle change, which includes eating a good quantity of healthful, nutrient-rich foods to fuel your daily life – and that is what No Diet Day is all about.
How to Celebrate No Diet Day
So, come May 6th, what can you do to celebrate International No Diet Day?
- Stop Focusing on Your Weight. Ditch the scale. Instead of focusing on a number, focus on how certain foods make you feel when you eat them.
- Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders. So many who suffer from eating disorders do so in silence and shame. Help their cause by raising awareness about the problem.
- Eat Something You Normally Wouldn’t. Indulge in something delicious that you might not eat every day (always plant-based, of course!).
- Do Something Active. No Diet Day is all about loving your body, so take care of it by going for a hike, a walk or a bike ride with friends.
- Start Being Positive About Your Body. So often we only focus on the things we dislike about our bodies. Instead, create a list of all the things you love about it!
Following a dietary lifestyle and adhering to its guidelines can be a helpful way to get back on track with your healthful eating, but always remember – you should focus more on the quality of the food you eat, making sure that your body is getting the proper nutrients it needs, rather than worrying too much about specific “rules.”
And if you are looking for a healthful way to celebrate International No Diet Day, give this delicious Oil-Free Crunchy Hash Browns recipe a try!