A Worthy Resolution

by Victoria LaFont

This time of year I notice a lot of classes and promotions that call out to folks to make strict New Year’s resolutions — Lose Weight!  Slim Down!  Cut out your problem foods and feel better!

It’s an easy market to target, isn’t it?  We all feel a little blah sometimes, and maybe look in the mirror after the holiday festivities and think, “I could stand to lose a few pounds.”

But, why?  Why do we feel the need to be so hard on ourselves come January 1st? 

Especially when it comes to what we eat?

We all know from experience that the holidays, though touted as the most wonderful time of the year, are usually the most stressful. Money, family, and obligations to friends and work sometimes overshadow what we hope will be much needed down-time and quality time with our loved ones. We are invited to parties and potlucks with new foods and lots of sweets, and maybe we relieve our stress with alcohol and a little late night binging.

But, is the hard handed New Year’s resolution the solution to our holiday indulgences?

Well, the honest answer is... no.

Research actually shows that the opposite is true. The harder we are on ourselves, the harder we work to diet and cut out foods and create programs around what we eat, the less success we have in maintaining a healthy body and achieving our goals. Strict dieting, restriction of calories and manic work outs actually give our body the biological signals to hold on to weight and stress.

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So, what is a worthy resolution?

It’s hard to ask this question without checking out our notions about body image and health. We’ve been taught to whip ourselves into shape, to equate a few extra pounds with ‘lazy.’  We’re hard on ourselves and on others. There is little forgiveness in the world of weight loss, and even less commonly shared knowledge around what health looks like for each biochemically different individual.

I can’t tell you what a worthy resolution is for you.  But, my hope is that these words will point you in a direction that creates health and beauty and relaxation in your life rather than more stress around what you look like, or anxiety around the number on the scale.  Focus your resolution on ease, forgiveness and deep relaxation the qualities that create long-term health more than any diet or regime.

My personal resolutions?  To play my guitar at least once per day. To take a walk in the sun when I have a few minutes between clients. To watch really juicy movies with my partner and eat buttery popcorn. To have more bonfires, to beef up my garden.  And, to continue to eat whole, healing foods that keep my body healthy. To continue my Pilates practice and move my body in ways that feel good.

May you have the strength to resolve to throw the scale out the window and read good books in bed!  Enjoy your body and have a Happy New Year!

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Victoria LaFont is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  After growing up on a rural Kentucky diet of Crisco and white flour, Victoria ventured out to see the world and find some real answers regarding her poor health.  Ten years ago she hitchhiked to her salvation when she stumbled upon a community focused on the principles of healing through whole foods, clean water, and plenty of Hawai’ian sunshine.  Eventually the Weston A. Price Foundation was cemented as the true love of her heart, and she began to explore the mysteries of biochemistry and the technical and spiritual wonders of the human body.  She holds degrees in applied anthropology, professional writing, music, and most recently nutritional therapy.  She lives and practices in Nevada City, CA, and moonlights in Kentucky when the weather is good.  Her website is victorialafont.com You can email her at [email protected]

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