New Year, New You – Health and Nutrition
Hindsight is 2020
Have you ever anticipated the New Year in a way that felt almost like catharsis? Did you hope that once the clock turns to midnight that the whole world will suddenly synch up and make sense again after a year or several years of hardships and insanity? This New Years is the start of a new decade. A decade of promise and possible closure. So, at the beginning of 2020, and in the spirit of new beginnings we are going to talk about ways to kick your health and nutrition journey. Granted a lot of those are going to be repeated. However, with a lot of this blog being a catalog of two years worth of information, a refresher wouldn’t hurt.
Be Kind to Yourself
Part of the human condition is to be insecure in certain areas of life. Whether that looks like food control, vanity, or a bad relationship, all of these habits are often an expression of insecurity. And this is something that happens to everyone. There is not a single person in this world who is not insecure about something in their life. If they say they aren’t they are either lying to save face or they are literally a god.
When we feel weak on a personal level, especially when it comes to things like our weight, it almost seems like society gives us permission to attack that weak point. Whether that weak point presents itself in another person or ourselves. The logic that the more we prey on that weakness, the more likely we are going to get up and do something about it. While that might be the case for a few people, that is often not the result. Instead of expelling that weakness, instead, the person increases their defenses and their chance of returning to that coping mechanism.
In plain English, bullying yourself or others for their weight is not going to make weight loss happen. If anything you are guaranteeing that they remain fat for the rest of their life.
So, is not addressing the problem the answer? Of course not, if something is broken you fix it. But what you can do is offer encouragement instead of discouragement. By being kind to yourself and to others who have weight problems, you are building confidence and decreasing the need for you or them to run to their security blanket, aka emotional eating or binge-watching on Netflix. This will make their health and nutrition journey longer lasting and gives people the results they need.
Get Involved with Other People
I don’t know how many overweight people are classic introverts. What I do know is that people tend to withdraw from others when they feel ashamed or insecure. And when you withdraw, you lose out on the potential support that you do need. And when you lose that support it is much harder to get things done on your own. Let me give you an example.
If someone has to build Rome by themselves it would take a very VERY long time, if it isn’t a guaranteed failure. When you have a hundred people, the job goes by much faster and would reduce the number in the 10s of thousands to getting completed in hundreds of years. And if you have thousands, you can decrease the amount of time it takes to work in the city.
When you have a goal you need a basic support system. For starters, any task that seems impossible will seem more probable when you have other people invested in your health and nutrition. Another reason is it provides a series of checks and balances that keep you accountable to yourself and others. On top of it, you don’t feel like you are suffering or celebrating your own victories by yourself. If anything, you feel like you are part of a community of people, who understand and are going through the same problems with health and nutrition as you are. So, don’t be afraid to find a group of people who are willing to meet you where you are at. It is a long road ahead and you need all the help you can get.
Conclusion – Work on Health and Nutrition Together
You were probably not expecting a lecture about health and nutrition to be an interpersonal affair, but these are important parts of what makes accomplishing these goals work. Parts that are often ignored for the sake of pride or propriety. But you don’t have to be alone, or ashamed. You should always have the option to get the help you need in 2020 for health and nutrition. Its the year of breaking bad cycles. Let’s do something different to achieve different results.