(Disclaimer: I am VERY passionate about this subject! I have done my external research, market research and personal trial and error experiences will attribute to my advice given. I have also pulled content from Chalene Johnson's podcast "The Chalene Johnson Show" episode 447. I also advise anyone with any form of an eating disorder or food allergy to speak with a medical professional.)
Dieting has become so popular that it seems like I know someone who is on a diet of some sorts. While allergies can play a role in what choices you make in regards to your food intake, most of us make decisions based off of clever sales tactics from the social media platforms, enthusiasts that claims it's worked for them and some misinformed medical professionals who assert they have it all together.
The truth is....there isn't a one size fits all "diet" out there. Not everyone will receive the benefits of a keto, paleo, vegetarian, low carb, low fat, sugar free, intermittent fasting, detox, gluten free, dairy free, etc diet. Listening to what others are promoting has little effect on it working for you. This is called restrictive eating.
Restrictive eating is telling yourself you "can't" have this or "shouldn't" eat that based off of what every one else is selling you. Restrictive eating messes with the cortisol and growth hormones in your body that ultimately make you want that food even more because you "can't" have it. Now I'm definitely not talking about allergies to foods, I'm talking about the choices that we make because the most popular celebrities are promoting it, or your best friend from high school is improving her health and sharing it with the world on every social media platform. Restrictive eating often leaves your body depleted of important nutrients and minerals. Restrictive eating creates an unhealthy relationship with food, which is essential to our very existence. Restrictive eating can also create social barriers as you refuse to eat others offerings or become judgmental towards what others are choosing to eat. While there can be truth to some claims of a healthier lifestyle after creating some restrictions, what they're really searching for is clarity. Clarity in knowing how THEIR body is reacting to certain foods. This brings me to my passion of informed eating.
Informed eating is a journey of listening to your body. It's not listening to your brain, but your body. Let me share the difference. Your brain thrives on increasing the "feel good" hormones, even if it doesn't make the best choice in doing so. For example, the brain loves addiction of any kind, and hopefully you know that even addiction to something as innocent as chocolate can be harmful to your health simply because you aren't displaying command of your brain. Listening to your body takes time and skill, of which a lot of people aren't willing to commit to for THEIR own good! Let me give you an example from my life.....
I love bread! I mean LOVE it! I could literally sit on the couch with a whole loaf of French bread and eat it without thinking twice, UNTIL I learned to listen to my body. The effects that it had on my body, I was willing to pass by because of the experience and taste of the bread. I wasn't willing to listen to the discomfort that followed, nor was I willing to make any changes, after all, who doesn't love to indulge in their favorite food. (sidebar, one year for Christmas my cousin told me that I was getting biscuits for my gift, only was I disappointed because it was a joke, RUDE!). Anyways, I want to help you understand what I did about it. I HAVE NOT taken bread out of my diet, however, I have made informed decisions about the consequences that could result if I ate the whole loaf. Now instead of questioning, I know exactly why I feel rotten or why I feel great when given the opportunity to indulge.
My point is, EVERYONE'S body is different BUT there is a diet that fits everyone. Wait for it........
No More "Dieting"
It's called the informed diet! Not intuitive eating, not restrictive diets, not overloading or cutting out. It's listening to your body and knowing how to care for it. BUT IT'S NOT EASY! Knowing how to care for your body means stop listening to everyone else, even me if you don't want to. My purpose is to steer you toward becoming your best self, not mine. For me, my body appreciates variety of all foods and moderation of soda, sugar and processed foods. MODERATION is completely different than COMPLETE BANISHING. With the informed eating diet, it becomes your lifestyle and your choices are more congruent with how you feel, not how you look to others. Your emotions are regulated better, not suffering from indulging in some "bad" food that others have deemed "bad". You learn to appreciate how food works for you in increasing your energy, looking forward to eating and the social connections that food can have.
My charge to YOU
Let's make a stand together an banish the "dieting" lingo from our vocabulary. Clean up some of your habits to reach for food that doesn't make you feel good. Clean up the habit of eating too much food. Clean up the habit of calling food "good" or bad". Stand up and be a healthier YOU by truly listening to what your body needs and how it reacts to those foods. Be honest with yourself, because the world won't tell you all the pitfalls and health traps that result from "dieting".
None of us should be seeking for a "diet" that will help us drop the weight or look good for our high school reunion. We should be seeking for a way of life that will increase our ability to perform all that we desire with energy and health.
Take the time and be informed about YOUR body!