I wish I'd known about International No Diet Day before it happened on Saturday. Established in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, director of the British anti-diet campaign Diet Breakers, on this day we are all to:
Take a day off from whatever crazy diet plan you are following and instead honour listening to, respecting and responding to your body's unique hunger and satiety needs.
Celebrate the beauty and diversity of ALL our natural sizes and shapes.
Affirm everyBODY's right to health, fitness, and emotional well-being.
Declare a personal one-day moratorium on diet/weight obsession.
Learn the facts about weight-loss dieting, health, and body size.
Recognise how dieting perpetuates violence against women.
Honour the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery.
Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fatphobia.
What better way to spend day six of my new diet plan! But fortunately, this IS what I did on Saturday, without even knowing about INDD. I took a day off from my diet and had a fourth of an 8-inch, three-layer raspberry cake and several brownies. MMMmm...
But I'm back on the plan now.