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What Would You Do If You Didn’t Count Calories?

If you’ve read the articles on this website, you know that I’m not a big fan of calorie counting. In fact, I’m not a fan of diets, full stop.

Calorie counting and dieting can be strangely comforting because – without them –what do you do?
That is the big question. And when Susie Orbach said Fat is a Feminist Issue – I have to agree. What we are doing when we are dieting and worrying about our thigh gaps is sending our energy into a very negative place. Calorie counting is a constant drain. There is no end to it. You can always count calories, and come to rely on it in fact.
This is a waste of your amazing life energy.


I’ve read a fair bit about the French way of eating and living, and whilst I don’t agree with all of their attitudes, I have to say that their eating-for-pleasure way of life is one I think we could all do with replicating a bit more. I read a French author say (and I’m paraphrasing here) “that we always try to know about politics or art, so we can bring something to the table.” Almost sounding that it would be crass to discuss weight and calories.
We can take our energy into action and discussion. You can change the world in many ways whether you have small jeans or big jeans.


So I’m going to challenge you today to ask yourself – if you didn’t control your eating, do you have anything else to turn to?

Find a passion, a hobby, an interest. I know that you have values. So what is a value to you? Family? Work? Community? Children? Is your dieting and calorie counting adding anything to these?

It’s not easy to know what your purpose is, but you don’t have to start there. Get interested in something. Something bigger than 2000 calories, and see where it takes you. Keep reading here to find more ways to leave dieting behind and embrace an Eat Happy approach!



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