And that’s means weight loss plans, fitness, chemical filled low fat foods smacking you around the face, every time you walk into a shop!
Instagram, gyms and slimming groups are filled to the brim with determined newbies, desperate to start the new year well.
Whilst I applaud anyone who tries to make their life better, I also worry, how many people are being wrongly targeted. How many people think low fat, low sugar, low calorie mean healthy? That gluten, dairy and wheat are the enemy? That eating meat is the worlds biggest sin?
Reading my Instagram I feel like I should be a vegan, free from, slimming world, weight watching, carb free, weight lifting superwoman! Anyone who has found a plan for them, brilliant, but where is your money going? Do you feel better about yourself or the food you eat? The pressure is mounting on people to buy into over priced spice mixes, branded food that is tasteless and expensive, food delivery boxes, and food planners for £40 each!
I am incredibly budget conscious, if I can find a bargain, I will, sometimes I look at spice mix ingredients and find I can make them myself for a fraction of the cost, and tweak it to my own tastes. I can buy a notebook for a pound or use my fitness pal for free to record my food. I feel the amount of Instagram and twitter accounts advertising products they don’t use, and wouldn’t buy themselves is overwhelming.
I suppose that borders on the life people show in comparison to the life they have. I like to think I’m fairly open, and will show that I’m thrilled to get a lipstick in the sale for 50p or something in the yellow sticker section of the supermarket.
Back to the diet plans, I am not following a plan, I am trying to take my focus off food as much as possible. The more I follow a plan the more food obsessed I become, I plan food obsessively, I eat more, and buy more. So recently, I have stopped focusing, stopped planning, and more importantly eating less as a result.
I worry about certain weight loss groups, that change their values of foods that have previously been free, especially in line with their own range of products, that are happy to promote food packed with additives, whereas up until a few years ago, they promoted the use of whole foods, fresh meat, vegetables, fish and fruit.
Like I have previously said, if it works, and obviously it does for many, many people.
But I worry about the crash diet mentality , and pressure we put on ourselves. Instead of finding a good relationship with tasty, healthy food.
Are you on a plan?
How do you feel about diet plans?