I never thought I’d say this, but hooray for Kelly Osbourne!
The 26-year-old reality star who lost over 40 pounds this year says her secret to staying slim is eating whatever she wants. “I’ll eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and if that means I have to work out an extra half-hour, then I’ll do it,” she recently told People. “I won’t ever deny myself food because…I’m never going to be the skinniest girl in the room, so I don’t [care]!”
Finally, a celebrity who isn’t promoting some ridiculous diet (lemonade and maple syrup, anyone?) or losing a ridiculous amount of weight even if it is for a role on the big screen (ahem, Mila Kunis). And although Kelly, herself, has experimented with extreme dieting tactics in the past, including the Atkins Diet, a blood type diet, appetite suppressants and diet pills, I applaud her for finally seeing the real way to get healthy: the right attitude!
By losing weight, getting active and yet, not obsessing over her size, Osbourne is turning her once negative role model image around and becoming a positive one for girls and women.
Now, I am by no means advocating that we eat inordinate amounts of junk food and consume more than our share of recommended calories, but isn’t it time we stopped analyzing every morsel we put in our mouths? Can’t we just have the pleasure of eating without the guilt and the shame? There are so many delicious, healthy foods out there, like the sweet and juicy mangos, strawberries and tomatoes that are in season right now. We should be enjoying them!
This shift in attitude starts with how we view our bodies. Quite honestly, I care more about how my body works than how it looks. The way it performs, the energy it has and the ability to do what I want to do are more important to me than what the scale says. Our bodies are temples of doing versus temples of viewing, after all!
We need to stop treating food like the enemy and start embracing it as an energy supplier that fuels our bodies and allows us to run, bike, climb, skate, jump, swim, hike and stand on our heads. Once we do that, suddenly, those Doritos aren’t so appetizing and we opt for rice and beans instead because we know our body will respond better. The cheese dip, beef nachos and second margarita lose their appeal, not because society says they should, but because we know how badly we will feel in the morning, and it’s not worth jeopardizing a day of play.
By shifting our attitudes about our bodies, we can shift our attitudes about food. And once we do that, we realize it’s OK to indulge once in a while, but it no longer becomes a habit or an obsession.
Thank you Kelly for reminding us of that!