It’s almost 2018 and that means plenty of us will be deciding what goals we want to focus on for the new year. While many will be talking resolutions, other topics that often come up are diet-related and present negative views of both food and body. The power of your words can be incredibly strong. This applies to how you talk about food and your body, also to how you talk about others and yourself. For this reason, we’d like to encourage some vocabulary changes in 2018 and beyond to maintain positive eating habits for a healthy relationship with your body.
1. Skip: Categorizing foods as “bad” or “good”.
Try: Describing food based on characteristics such as if you enjoy it and how it makes you feel. If a food makes you feel awesome and it’s one you really enjoy, then that choice makes sense for you.
2. Skip: Using terms like “guilt-free” or “guilty pleasure” to describe food.
Try: Embracing the pleasure that your favorite foods can bring and not letting guilt stand in the way. When you practice leaving guilt out of the equation when making food choices, you can better listen to your body and make choices based on what you really enjoy. Oftentimes, if you choose a food based on enjoyment you’ll find it takes less of it to make you feel satisfied.
3. Skip: Thinking about exercise as something you do to “burn off” the food you eat.
Try: Doing exercise that really brings you joy. The most sustainable way to incorporate exercise into your life for the long run is to find something you enjoy doing! Pack a handy Seasoned Tuna Pouch with Spoon in your gym bag for a protein-packed snack.
4. Skip: Deciding to go “on” a diet.
Try: Choosing one or two healthy and positive eating habits to incorporate into each day, adding on when those start to feel like a natural piece of your daily routine. This way, you build habits that you’ll want to sustain and there’s no going on or off a diet — you’re establishing an eating pattern that makes you feel great for the long run and that works with your daily life.
5. Skip: Using the term “cheat day” or saying you’re “cheating on your diet” if you eat something rich/sweet/etc.
Try: Enjoying treats on a regular basis so that you never feel deprived. Instead of a day dedicated to eating foods that are normally “off limits”, make all foods available and balance your food choices out on a daily basis. It’s OK to include both nutritious and less-than-nutritious options each day to cultivate more positive eating habits.