I don’t like the word diet, never have, never will. In fact I think Garfield’s point of view – “It’s Die with a T” is pretty accurate. It’s hard to be happy with making a changes in your diet if you are always depriving yourself. I prefer to make small lifestyle changes that end up making a big different, like ditching pop and drinking more water. And while I am still bad about using the F word (FAT) when talking about myself, I am working on it.
In the past few years I have struggled with my weight and even though I have tried many things while trying to lose weight I try never to say the dreaded D word. When asked I say to the kids that I am trying to make better choices because I want to be as healthy as I can for them and for me. I am very conscious of how my body image effects how my kids see themselves. I have seen it in their pretend play with each other and the conversations we have had around the dinner table about what a “fat” person is and my middle daughter in particular asking me if she is fat. She’s not, but it’s obviously something that kids her age are already talking about when comparing themselves to each other and the kids they see on TV.
A recent survey commissioned by Multi-Grain Cheerios examining young women ages 10-17 revealed some compelling stats:
- 3 in 5 women have been on a diet
- 52% of girls get their information about dieting and nutrition from family members
- 1 in 5 girls under 18 is currently dieting
In order to end this cycle of destructive dieting, Multi-Grain Cheerios has launched “Generation Healthy”, a program aimed at encouraging women to recognize their self-worth and become part of the solution as a role model living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. When I was asked to take the Never Say Dieting Oath I had no trouble saying yes because I think the message of the program is one that all women can relate to:
“We believe that nutrition is healthier than deprivation and that dieting is harmful to us and to our children. So let’s embrace a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and empower the next generation to do the same by removing the word dieting from our lives and replacing it with words like nourished, strong, and fulfilled. Let’s use our influence to teach our children to live with healthy balance by living that way ourselves. Together, we can build a healthier future for every generation to come.”
Multi-Grain Cheerios and I encourage you to take the first step in being a positive, healthy role model by taking the “Never Say Dieting Oath” at WorldWithoutDieting.ca. You can see my pledge here. Take the NEVER SAY DIETING OATH and together we’ll make the next generation healthy – mind, body, and spirit.
To help make taking that first step easier Cheerios has offered a $100 Loblaws gift card and vouchers for Multi-Grain Cheerios to one of my Canadian readers that signs up and takes the Oath! In order to be eligible for the giveaway simply take the Never Say Dieting Oath and share a link to it in the comment section. Giveaway is open to my Canadian readers only and will end on March 8, 2014. By entering the following contest you agree to my giveaway rules and accept that if you win your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.
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