INDD- How did you celebrate?

Today was International No Diet Day, a day when you should honor your body, eat what you want, stop when you are full, and move your body with joy.

The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination has the following 10 Reasons to Give Up Dieting:

10. DIETS DON'T WORK. Even if you lose weight, you will probably gain it all back, and you might gain back more than you lost.

9. DIETS ARE EXPENSIVE. If you didn't buy special diet products, you could save enough to get new clothes, which would improve your outlook right now.

8. DIETS ARE BORING. People on diets talk and think about food and practically nothing else. There's a lot more to life.

7. DIETS DON'T NECESSARILY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH. Like the weight loss, health improvement is temporary. Dieting can actually cause health problems.

6. DIETS DON'T MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL. Very few people will ever look like models. Glamour is a look, not a size. You don't have to be thin to be attractive.

5. DIETS ARE NOT SEXY. If you want to be more attractive, take care of your body and your appearance. Feeling healthy makes you look your best.

4. DIETS CAN TURN INTO EATING DISORDERS. The obsession to be thin can lead to anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, and compulsive exercising.

3. DIETS CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID OF FOOD. Food nourishes and comforts us, and gives us pleasure. Dieting can make food seem like your enemy, and can deprive you of all the positive things about food.

2. DIETS CAN ROB YOU OF ENERGY. If you want to lead a full and active life, you need good nutrition, and enough food to meet your body's needs.

And the number one reason to give up dieting:
1. Learning to love and accept yourself just as you are will give you self-confidence, better health, and a sense of wellbeing that will last a lifetime.

I'd like to add that "eating healthy" doesn't always lead to "being healthy." Especially when it leaves you neurotic and phobic. Or eating disordered. How much joy are we depriving ourselves of as a culture because we won't enjoy food?

So how did you celebrate INDD? If you didn't celebrate today, make plans for tomorrow.

For lunch, I had a lovely salad with REAL dressing, strawberries, mesclun lettuce, shredded cheese, some canned tuna and two slices of toast with butter. Then for my evening snack, I went down to the little party store by my apartment and got a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.


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Libby said...

I am eating cherry chocolate chip ice cream RIGHT NOW!

Anonymous said...

The first three letters of diet spell DIE. Just saying.

mary said...

I can pledge this everyday!

We used to have Harbor Bars around here. A big chocolate chip cookie with ice cream...from Bar Harbor Maine...but haven't seen them in years. Again, we can make our own.
Yeah Jane, it makes a lot of sense too.

Carrie Arnold said...


Sounds yummy.


Indeed it does. Indeed.


I think I might have to move to Bar Harbor or something. Those sound wonderful.

Arielle Bair, MSW, LSW said...

Such a wonderful idea for a national day! :) I celebrated.

Been browsing your blog again and enjoying it very much.

Much love,

Juliet said...

I celebrated with chocolate covered strawberries and dried apricots that I made myself. They were fabulous...

I also celebrated by putting someone in his place... with some help, I might add, from some amazing women on the same mission of self-care and body love!

Carrie Arnold said...


Why thank you! I have browsed your blog as well and very much enjoy it.


Chocolate covered apricots are one of my favorite things! My aunt used to make them around Christmas and I looked forward to them for months.

Oh, and I was very glad to shove "Fitness Al's" camel toe firmly up his butt. Ah, the little pleasures...

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