My Take on "The Naughty Diet"
#OneMillennial confession #734: I am a secret book nerd. In the late hours of the evening (which is somewhere around 8:00 pm for a 26 year old geezer like me) I reach for one of two types of books. A murder mystery that will wash the real-life woes away or a book that's going to really get my brain churning and offer a little perspective and self-reflection. For the past few nights, I've chosen the latter — and am thankful for it.
I was introduced to The Naughty Diet (Melissa Milne) by a good friend of mine. She knows that I've had some body-image concerns in the recent past and thought that this would be a great place to start. I've made (and continue to make) numerous decisions in the past six months to better affect my health — quitting Diet Coke, limiting the amount of processed foods and added sugars, giving up my one true love, gluten — and keeping Melissa's book on my nightstand.
As I sit on the couch, throw blanket and vibrant red hardcover in tow, I thought what better way to share my love for this book than offer my five takeaways? Shall we?
- It's time to quit counting calories. Melissa makes a great point in the first of four mantras — at the end of the day, there's no ROI in tallying calories or suffering through "low-cal" food, because you're not getting the nutrients that you need to sustain your body. Personally, every time I've tried limiting my caloric intake, I've usually gone off the rails somewhere between day three and five (or minute three and five — don't judge me.)
- Speaking of judging — it's time to let go of the shame game. We need to stop letting society's "ideal" body type, look or even personality weigh on us so heavily. I'm a broken record, I know, but you need to learn to live your life for you — not others. When you throw on your most bangin' outfit (or go-to sweats) your confidence and happiness should come from the way you feel — not how you appear to others.
- Since we're talking about society and the monster it plays in our own mind — let's segway right into step four of the book: Making Guilt Your Bitch. Have you ever come to and realized you're a bag of chocolate Donettes, three drumsticks, a box of Thai-takeout and a Godiva bar or four into your Saturday evening? No, just me? Regardless, instead of letting that overwhelming feeling of guilt and self-loathing get to you, Melissa urges readers to focus on three easy steps to wash it away and move on guilt-free.
- Listen to your body. Say it with me: listen to your body. All together now: Listen. to. your. body. I can't believe it took me 26 years to stop bitching about my lack of energy, headaches and stomach issues long enough to think, maybe this is something my body is trying to tell me. This chapter helped me embrace the way I should be eating. Putting quality food (and actual nutrients, not McNutrients) into my body and enjoying the food, the textures, the flavor, the subtle notes.
- And my personal favorite: Chill the Eff Out! Millennials are busy folks — trust me, I know all the words to the day job, side hustle and passion project song — not to mention a social life beyond Ben and Jerry. Melissa lists more than a handful of ways to unplug for a minute and just relax. It's okay to take time for yourself. It's actually beneficial to both your physical and mental health, along with your waist size that you do from time-to-time.
This book is jam-packed with a wealth of information — disguised as a conversation with your funniest and sassiest friend. You feel as if you know Melissa and that she's just giving you the skinny (pun intended) on how to live your best life. Despite not being a woman, I found this book extremely helpful in getting my sexy back. I'm both grateful and proud to be on Team Naughty from now on.
Grab your copy on Amazon today. With one-day shipping, you could be reading this tomorrow! 😘
If I was you, I'd wanna be me too. 💁🏼