Today, I share a few lessons I have learned about dieting that make sense. They are what I consider the most important lessons I have learned since I embarked on the journey of adopting healthier eating habits.
Lesson #1 –No magic diet gets you magical results
Eat more of the good stuff (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds) and less of the junky stuff (chips, cookies, pastries).
And so, if you are not eating the good stuff, start eating a little more. Cut back on the junk foods and get active.
If someone tells you that their diet is the healthiest diet in the world and that you should follow it, just say no and go your own way. In other words, do what works best for you.
No one diet is the healthiest diet in the world.
Lesson #2 – There is no reason to put tight restrictions on yourself (unless you want to, it’s not necessary)
Someone once said, “I don’t recommend cutting out any food groups.” She was my trainer (Hey, Tamara). At the time, I thought it was crazy, but as I have grown in my knowledge of nutrition, it finally makes sense.
There may be certain foods within a food group that doesn’t play well with your bio-individual system. When this is the case, just don’t eat that particular food, and eat those foods that you do like and that agree with your body.
Dieting should not be about restricting but embracing.
Sidenote: I’m not telling you to eat unhealthy foods, but focus less on restricting and more on trying new things and embracing pleasure.
Lesson #3 – Detoxes are not necessary
Yep, I said it. There was a time when I detoxed (wrote about it) and I thought it was something I had to do, but I know better. I think they are marketing ploys and a waste of time and energy. Sorry, not sorry.
I do, however, believe in supporting the systems and organs in the body that serve the purpose of removing toxins from the body.
There are foods, herbal teas, and even supplements that support the systems and organs in the body with the detoxification process. Give those a try instead of doing days, weeks, and even months of detoxing programs.
Lesson #4 – There is more than one way of eating that gets you where you want to go
I remember in my eating psychology coach training, Marc David saying that there are as many different diets as there are people on the earth.
I thought that was a crazy statement, but when you think about it, each one of us is different and what works for one won’t necessarily work for the other.
Dieting and eating are unique to everyone and to believe there is only one way of dieting that works for the masses is a bit naive.
There is always more than meets the eye.
So, these fad diets, diets that are popular, those diets that people are raving about now, might get you where you want to go, but the question is will they keep you for the long haul? The answer is no.
Ultimately it all boils down to your balance of macronutrients. Are you getting enough or are you getting too much and is that balance working for you?
That’s all I have for now, until next time. Have a great day!