There are so many diet fads today; the South Beach diet, paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet, the no carb diet – the list goes on and on. But how do you know which one is right for you? When we are constantly being bombarded with new diet trends it becomes confusing and we get flustered. We look at the word diet and refer it to a “plan” or some crazy way of eating. When we compartmentalize the term “diet” and associate that term with restricted ways of eating, we start to look at food and nutrition in a negative way. In fact, the term diet shouldn’t mean “no carb” or “no dairy” but simply this is what I eat. After all, the main definition of the word “diet” is the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. Not so scary, right?
Most people choose diets with the goal to lose weight. But the first step on a path to healthy living is understanding that your diet is your everyday food intake and if you want a healthy, nutritious body your daily foods should be healthy and nutritious as well.
Eating Healthy – More Long Term Weight Loss Success Than Dieting
Being healthy is a lifestyle, a way of living, not a temporary change in the way you eat. Diet is lifestyle and vice versa. Recognizing diet as a way of living makes healthy eating easier to incorporate in your daily routine. Eating right can be a mental process. Telling yourself that healthy foods produce a healthy body will motivate you to stay on track. As Hippocrates once said, “Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine.”
Food has more power than we notice. Food has the power to give us strength, build muscle, energize our bodies and give nourishment. However, improper eating of foods can leave us fatigued, sluggish, weak, inflamed, agitated and heavy. When we give our foods the right power to produce the positive outcome, we can utilize healthy diets to make us look and feel better physically and mentally.
Diets are subjective. What works for you doesn’t work for everyone. The important factor when getting your food plan on track is to do what works for you. Find delicious meals that limit your caloric intake and still provide all the nutrients you need. Foods high in fats, sugars, preservatives, chemicals and artificial ingredients should always be limited when trying to lose weight. Sticking to fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains will help steer anyone’s diet in a healthy direction.