I hate the word. I hate what it represents, and I hate that people abuse them.
When and why do we usually diet?
For weddings, upcoming vacations, high school reunions, post holidays or because of an illness that led us to change our eating habits.
But here is the thing about “diets”…They are a TEMPORARY FIX to an ONGOING PROBLEM.
What happens once that wedding passes, vacation ends, or when you have finally reached your goal weight? For most, success becomes an excuse to begin eating the way that they were before; the way that led them down this road in the first place.
It is a cycle, a constant 5-15 pound cycle that will never end unless you finally decide to STOP DIETING, and instead, CREATE A NEW WAY OF EATING
If an alcoholic stops drinking, they’re not going to go back to their daily beers, unless they truly have not changed their mind-set or urge to drink. And if that is the case, they end up back where they started. Stuck. And in a dieter’s case; bloated, unhappy and defeated.
And yes, both instances are diseases. Alcoholism is caused by using alcohol as a crunch, or a distraction. Obesity is a disease, caused by poor eating habits, using food as comfort.
Stop making excuses.
Stop temporarily fixing an ongoing problem. Find the permanent solution that will change everything and break the cycle.
CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING.
Throw out every trigger food that you have in your house. They are not allowed back in, if ever, until you are able to have control and eat those foods on occasion and in moderation.
Ask for guidance from a nutritionist. That is what they are there for! Use your resources.
Fill your fridge with fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats. Eat more plants. Eat less “food” from a box. Eat nothing that you cannot pronounce the ingredients..and no, Jicama doesn’t count ;)
Stop drinking alcohol for the time being. We are all familiar “drunk munchies”, and right now is not the time to be in that state of mind. Even one glass of wine can get you craving chocolate or the salty crunch of pretzels.
And if you begin to think, ” But red wine is good for me ” or “But I can’t live without my Caramel Macchiato” or “But I LOVE pizza!“… then that proves you need to reevaluate what your goals are. What is more important?
Realize that these foods do not have to be gone forever. They are EVERYWHERE. Food is everywhere. But that does not mean that you should eat that way everyday.
Start to take notice of what you are putting into your body.
Is your body changing? Are you losing, gaining, maintaining? How does your skin look? How do you feel; bloated? tired? anxious?
Do not live your life on auto pilot. This is something that YOU can control. You just need to show up and step up. No one will take care of your body for you.
Do not be a “diet”. You are BETTER than a diet.
You are meant to be the healthiest version of yourself. Find that person. Bring him/her to life.
It all starts with what you put into your body. And you should start right now.
This is your moment.