FIT for Women

This week, ditch the diet for good

By The Edith Sanford team

January 21, 2014

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Are you one of the many who started a diet on January 1, only to see your willpower start to evaporate by well, right about now?

Overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions inevitably end up making us feel like failures, and feeling like failures makes us want to reach for the Ben and Jerry’s. Or another box of Girl Scout cookies (which, of course, happen to make their annual debut this time of year.)

It’s an ugly cycle, and it’s not good for our health, or self esteem. So it’s perfect timing that National Healthy Weight Week falls on Jan. 19-25. This week nudges us to reject the diet roller coaster and focus our energy instead on establishing a healthy relationship with food, and accepting our bodies—flaws and all.

Challenge yourself this week to stop obsessing over the numbers on the scale. Think more holistically and focus on making small, healthy choices every day. If you read this blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed by now that we’re strong believers in the idea that your health and well-being depends upon striking a balance in these four key areas of your life:

FOOD: Your nutritional fitness.

Fueling your body with a balanced diet gives you the energy and, along with exercise, helps keep off the extra pounds that can be harmful to your health.

MOVE: Your physical fitness.

Studies show that even moderate physical activity, such as one to two hours of brisk walking each week, can help reduce our risk for breast cancer. Sweating it out with vigorous exercise for up to 10 hours each week can reduce risk even further

MOOD: Your emotional fitness.

A stressful day can throw everything out of balance, if we let it. And chronic stress can lead to a number of serious health problems. While no one can escape the demands of home and work life, we can learn to manage our emotions in a productive way so that they don’t drag us down.

RECHARGE: Your behavioral fitness.

Women, especially, are notorious for exhausting all their energy caring for others. But for the sake of our mental and physical well-being, we need to draw the line somewhere. Catching enough sleep and fitting in regular “me” time to breathe and relax aren’t luxuries–they’re necessities.

Do you have any tips or advice to share? How is your relationship with food?