Flip the channel, turn the page, round the corner… it seems that everywhere we go there is a new diet…all protein, gluten free, liquid, special pills… you name it, it is out there. For the longest time, I would follow these diets and do some of my own. They ranged from all veggies, to gluten free, to the metabolism boosting herbs, to eating tiny amounts. They all work to a degree, but after they are over, the weight comes back. This past year I discovered something new.
Not a diet, but diet. How you eat, the totality of it, your “diet”. Really coming to understand that there are certain foods that harm us more than help and that food should be nourishing, filling and yummy.
Ok, so we all know that fruits and veggies are a must for a proper diet, with all their fiber and vitamins and yet, 89% of people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. A simple idea try some different ones and you may be surprised how tasty they can be.
Bumping up our intake of protein vital to building muscles, satisfying hunger longer, and providing key nutrients. Besides the obvious meet and fish sources, there are nuts, nut-butters, beans, tofu, yogurt and other dairy items.
Soft Drinks are very popular, but you might as well put chemicals and sugar straight into your body. Diet drinks can be even worse, because your body does not know how to process artificial sweetener and so holds it along with water. On the other side of this, few people drink enough water. A general rule of thumb is to drink your body weight in ounces, so if you weight 150 lbs. you should be drinking 150 oz. of water each day.
It can be overwhelming trying to make a lot of changes, but you can start small, with little changes. I still enjoy ice cream and Chick-Fil-A fries, but not as an everyday norm. And surprisingly, I have come to love fruit…the veggies I am still working on. So why not STOP the diets and START a balanced diet as a way to LIVE.