In order to take steps against the propaganda of weight loss diets, International No Diet Day came into being. The idea came to a British woman, Mary Evans Young, also a long time anorexic, who was teaching management courses for women. This day, which happens every year on the 6th of May, is now celebrated in a many countries, including Canada, the United States, and France. Its symbol is a light blue ribbon.
According to the non-profit organisation ÉquiLibre, 73% of Quebec women want to lose weight and 35% of girls aged nine have already tried to lose weight. A study done in 2012 showed that women are two times as likely as men to have negative feelings, such as anxiety, deprivation, and guilt when they eat.
Therefore, it’s very appropriate that this year the ÉquiLibre organisation has chosen as its theme for International No Diet Day, “Guilt-free Pleasures.”
This year’s edition aims to reconcile people with their food choices and food cravings by focusing on fun, which is an indispensable ally when it comes to eating healthy.
I invite you to visit the ÉquiLibre Campaign’s Facebook page so you too can participate.
And to help you eat healthy and with lots of pleasure, I’m also suggesting to you the five following recipes, taken straight from our Healthy with Pleasure Meal Plans.