A healthcare professional once told me to go “4F” myself: “1) No fast 2) No fried 3) No fatty 4) No fun” (food). The 4F message is clear and memorable. It can be constructive and get someone’s attention.
But an all-or-nothing approach can relegate positive change unsustainable. “No” can be negative. “No-fun” is no way to live.
- No: There are many yeses on the other side of no. Can’t the idea of no pizza be yes to something else? (I know, I couldn’t have picked a more difficult example🍕🤣). But yes—it can. Think of it as adding something new versus deleting something current.
- Fun: Is not the concept of “fun” subjective? I think so. Fun can be healthy. Healthy can be fun. Get playful. Spice it up (literally). Add some ceremony. Light a candle at dinner. Try mindful eating. The practice of mindful eating can will change your life.
Pleasant surprises: After (healthy) habit changes, food can be more enjoyable than ever before. Taste buds adapt and the craving for the “bad” stuff (another subjective term) diminishes. This is especially true when exercise is one of the ingredients.
Tip/trick: It turns out that consuming two small glasses of wine can equal one larger one. A smaller quantity, higher quality wine glass filled to 2.5 ounces twice feels every bit “two” even though it’s just one. It’s amazing what crystal will do to boxed wine (so I’ve heard;)
Questions: What math do you apply in your life? When are you telling yourself no when there’s actually a yes on the other side? What does fun mean to you?