Does anyone still do the zone diet? Not I. I prefer the scone diet. Here’s the truth: Many times I crave healthful choices w whole grains or lean protein studded with veggies. But there are days when I just want a scone. Occasionally, I even - gasp - use food as a way to bring pleasure or calm stress levels. Eating ice cream after a hard day is a lot better than getting plastered. This morning two siblings were at each other from the moment they woke up, & I couldn’t find a favorite tank I wanted to wear. And Todzilla was on a particularly aggressive mission to kill himself. Some of the kids & I walked to a bakery before school, & felt myself wanting a scone. Now the old me would have done one of the following A) Denied myself the scone & thought about the Holy Grail of deliciousness all daylong B) Eaten the scone & paid penance for the “sin” by not eating as much and/or exercising harder than planned and telling myself I am a weak loser C) Eaten the scone & felt so beyond redemption that I might as well eat lousy the rest of the day & then start anew tomorrow D) Put the scone under a mental microscope & break it down in to calories or macros & then maybe eat it or maybe not or finally, E) Eat the damn scone & then sadly make myself throw up, to purge myself of the calories and the guilt. Today I ate most of the scone (I became full & left a small morsel - something I also never would have done in the past; I would have just stuffed the last crumb in my mouth, hungry or not, bc it kind of felt like eating the Last Supper every time I ate a “bad” food), enjoyed it, & moved on w my day. This is what food freedom looks like: When you can choose to eat a salad or a scone from a place of joy & acceptance, not bc you’re being “good” or “healthy” or “bad” or “unhealthy” - but bc you’re practicing self-care. Full disclosure: I’m still very much on this journey. Today was a day where I experienced food freedom & ignored the ruthless inner voice that caught a glimpse of my reflection in the glass door & hissed, “You wonder why you’re not as thin as you used to be...” I still struggle sometimes, but slowly but surely I’m making peace w food & my body. Won’t you join me?