What exactly does it mean to be “on track”?

Because it sounds suspiciously like a diet to me.binge eating cure

Do you ever feel like you’ve fallen off track? Like you need to get back on track? When you dig deeper into those feelings…do they alllll lead back to food?

That’s a pretty serious warning sign that you are limiting your food intake and feeling guilty when you don’t follow the plan. That’s a diet. And if you’re not careful, it can blossom into a disorder in the hottest second.

“On track” is kind of a weird phrase when you think about it, and I’ve had a hard time putting my finger on why it annoys me when I hear people use it in relation to their eating and exercise habits. So I looked up its dictionary definition: “Acting or thinking in a way that is likely to achieve what is required.” Aha. There it is. Required.

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^ yep, this was a real ad.

The world has come to believe that diets are a customary, necessary, REQUIRED part of life. Diet culture has been an alarmingly effective exercise in brainwashing, and now no one ever needs to elaborate on what they mean by “on track.” Everybody instinctively knows. It means acting or thinking in a way that is likely to achieve what is required: a lifetime preoccupation with weight.

Let’s just put this on the record: you are not required to be on a diet. No one is. Diets are man-made, man-marketed malarkey. They have brainwashed generations into grapefruit diets, sugar diets (yep! see left), and amphetamine diets. They are code-red, nuclear-level bullshit.

Save your “on track” focus for the things in life that make you more, not less. Stay on track studying for a test. Stay on track training for a marathon. Set goals outside of yourself and crush them. But stop making your body your project. Remember that goals should have achievable end points. Diets, on the contrary, are forever.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. This was awesome. I say this so often…its like the case against cheat days. Food and feelings aren’t supposed to mix. Especially guilt.

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    1. YES! I haaaaate cheat days. Let’s cut it OUT with the food and the guilt, people! It’s a trap!

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  2. Emily says:

    Wow. Just read every single one of your articles and I’m blown away. Love what you’re doing with this blog, I’ll continue following along! 🙂 Great job.

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    1. Oh my goodness!! Thank you, Emily! What an incredible compliment. Thank you for your support, and I’m so happy to “meet” you today!

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