As Christmas and New Year is approaching, most of us slip into the relaxed mindset with holidays and celebrations on our way. With the kind of busy schedules we deal with every day, anything that breaks this routine is a welcome luxury today. Our food habits also see a 180 degree change during this period as we stray away from our daily restrictions and indulge ourselves to the heart’s delight (Not to mention the guilt and the detox diets that follow!!) It just makes me wonder that as a generation, how obsessed we have become with our eating patterns and food habits.
Being in this profession, I have encountered innumerable incidents where I am judged (at all times) for picking up anything that is remotely unhealthy. While dining out, if I happen to order a dessert, instantly there is a remark, “Ohh, you advice others to avoid sweets and you are ordering a dessert.” If on a rainy evening, I feel like having something fried, again there is a comment, “Oh, so you are not dieting?” At a party once, one of my older relatives turned face when he saw me approaching. I inquired about this unusual behavior and he laughingly replied, “Don’t mind! How can I eat pizza in front of you?”
Diet, in today’s times, has become more of a fashion trend than a means to being healthy and fit. It’s just “in” to be on a diet, to go to a gym, to eat right and to show off all of these. As much as it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle and diet, it is equally essential to realize that eating right is not a one-time thing. You shouldn’t be “on” a diet for a certain while and then “off” it. It should be a way of life. Because then, it doesn’t become a burden or an obsession, but it becomes a habit. If you are eating healthy daily, then you wouldn’t have to worry about indulging in a dessert once in a while.
Parents, especially, young mothers are also a part of this big wave. I have come across 6 year and 7 year olds wanting tips to lose weight, eyeing their moms before picking up a chocolate, being conscious of not consuming too many calories. Whereas, the right thing to do in that age is just to go out and play (And burn all of those so-called excess calories!!) We need to imbibe the correct approach at the right age, before it becomes an obsession for them too.
To a certain extent, branding and marketing of dietary products is also responsible to contribute in this belief that “Slim” is what you ought to be. Products are marketed today as “Zero cholesterol”, “No sugar”, “Diet food” so on and so forth. However, if you happen to read the ingredients and the labels, you realize that sometimes these claims are totally baseless. A product that anyways doesn’t have cholesterol cannot be labelled as “Zero cholesterol”. It’s funny how our minds work, and that’s the primary reason that these products are selling high.
SIMPLE TIPS THAT YOU CAN INCORPORATE TOWARDS BECOMING A HEALTHY YOU:
- Set small goals and aim towards making them a habit. (For e.g.: increasing water intake, walking for 15-20 minutes etc)
- Tomorrow is today. Instead of setting up a date to start, bring the change today.
- Don’t get disappointed if you falter. Try again. You can.
- Do not blindly follow what others are doing. Read up. Get your facts right!