Actually, it’s never a good time to go on a diet… but right now, it’s even less of a good idea!
I’ve been watching a bit of television lately and every year around this time, we’re bombarded with diet commercials!
That’s because, every year, losing weight is at the top of the list of our new year’s resolutions!
The best nutrisystem offer, the new and improved Jenny Craig, etc.
If you’ve ever dieted in your life, you know that no matter how “improved” these diets are, they only work short term, so you can get fast results; however, they’re not designed to be sustainable and support you to develop healthy habits around food..
But that’s not the only reason you should not go on a diet right now.
Right now would be the worst time for you to go on a diet.
The impact of seasonal depression
I remember as a young adult living in Paris, France, feeling, what I interpreted as melancholic right after the holidays.
At the stroke of midnight on January first, like clockwork, I’d want to go into my cave.
I’d be in a funk and isolate myself for weeks, sometimes a month at a time.
I didn’t understand why this was happening to me.
I never thought that it might be seasonal depression.
I remembered my dad going through the same thing when I was living with him as a teenager. He wouldn’t answer the phone and would lock himself in his room for days.
My brother Robin recently shared with me he and my older brother also struggle with bouts of depression around this time of the year.
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects millions of Americans.
Some symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.
If, like me, you’re experiencing these symptoms, then this is NOT a good time to go on a diet or a cleanse and reset your metabolism.
If you do, you may feel fatigued instead of energized. You may have a harder time with cravings.
For some of us, there may be an internal genetic or generational component.
However, there’s also an external component which I didn’t completely understand until I studied Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, late winter (January-February) all the way to early spring (March-April) is the time when Kapha aggravates.
In lay terms, that means that there’s an underlying heavy energy permeating nature that affects us physically and psychologically.
Kapha in Ayurveda is the biological energy that expresses itself physically as congestion, heaviness, and apathy, and psychologically as feeling stuck, sad, and melancholic.
We feel more fatigued, heavier and we crave more sweet, salty and heavier foods.
Balancing the wisdom of Ayurveda with the demands of our modern world
During this time of the year, many of us will naturally feel more inclined to hibernate.
So how do we balance our natural tendency with the demands of our modern world?
First, we need to remember that what we’re feeling is not a personal defect. We need to stay away from self-judgment and criticism.
Second, Ayurveda recommends increasing our self-care.
It’s important to rest whenever you need to or take breaks throughout the day. Go to bed earlier, so you can wake up a little earlier and do some movement in the morning to get your energy going. Make sure that you cook fresh foods with your favorite spices. Allow yourself to do nothing but read or binge watch your favorite series on Netflix!
Third, don’t add more stress by going on a diet, or on a cleanse!
That’s why I no longer start my Healthy Weight for Life program in January! I’d be setting my clients up for failure! Energetically, it is not auspicious.
Time to plan not to act
But not actively starting something new doesn’t mean you can’t plan!
Take this time to create a plan to achieve your personal goal.
And if you need some clarity, then join us in my free Achieve Your Goal by Letting Go online workshop on Saturday 21 at 12pm EST.
In this workshop, I’ll help you word your personal goal effectively, much like planting a seed in your subconscious mind.
We’ll also look at the attachments and/or aversions that may sabotage you and I’ll teach you a simple mindfulness technique to let them go.
Then, you’ll create a plan taking into consideration 3 important keys: time, resources and action steps.
Finally, we’ll discuss what you need to implement your plan and when to start.
Use this link to secure your spot. Space is limited to have enough time for everybody!
Ayurveda has taught me that when you understand your tendencies, you don’t have to fight against yourself.
You can give yourself what you need.
I don’t believe that we are meant to be happy all the time. I think that this pursuit of happiness is a social construct invented to keep us wanting and consuming more.
However, we can create a more balanced life experience.