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The Only Resolution You Need...

By Amber Charles, MSPH, RDN

December 28, 2020

Hint: It's about *not* dieting.

Get off the fad dieting train... that's it... that's the resolution.

We're on the cusp of the new year; the time when diet culture is often the loudest, masked in the form of new year's resolutions and becoming your #bestself.

Messages about the latest #faddiet, detoxing from your Christmas indulgences and weight loss are already plastered across social platforms.

Not only does yo-yo dieting not work, but it sends the wrong message to the Caribbean Diaspora: cultural foods are vilified, underrepresented and undervalued.

(Be sure to check out the Caribbean Market blogs).

Worry not, here are just 2 golden tips to help you hit your health goals without losing your food culture:

Allow yourself to eat ALL foods

This sounds counterintuitive to "health", but truly, it is a mindset. (Doubles? Yes, please).

You do not actually have to eat all foods, however, if you allow yourself to have access to all foods, the urge to binge eat is reduced.

Binge eating occurs mainly because you've restricted foods and when you do have access to those foods, you eat more than usual because "you're not supposed to eat it" or you're not sure when next you'd have some.

Give yourself the flexibility to incorporate your "guilty pleasures" - without guilt.

Integrate your favorite cultural foods

You don't need to always eat salads or never eat sweets to be healthy (read more about the all-or-nothing mindset here).

Also, saying "just have a balanced diet" is overplayed and vague.

Consuming foods that make you feel well - physically, mentally and emotionally - are important to your overall health.

Learning how to integrate foods into a healthy lifestyle without compromising your health goals is key.