Some food for thought if you’ve ever struggled with dieting:
‘Being on a diet’ could be the problem; not the actual diet itself.
On the other hand, eating foods that work well for you, that’s a different mindset. By definition, diets are closed. ‘Eating foods that work well for your body’ is open.
To be fair, I have studied many, and tried several diets. They can work. Some are more ‘forgiving’ than others, meaning less rigid, and more flexible.
But the notion that there is one diet that you must follow as directed for the rest of your life, well, I call that living inside a diet box. Eventually, you start to suffocate, and you want to get out.
To move from metaphor to specifics, staying inside of any diet box for too long can actually lead to sickness. I’ve seen it with clients. It’s also stressful, both physically and mentally.
Why not be open to eating what works for your body? Because someone else told you to? Because it’s what you did yesterday?
‘Eating food that works well for your body’ isn’t as vague, or easy, as it sounds.
Most people don’t know how to do this. They don’t know the difference between food and ‘not-food’; they don’t know how to listen to the signals that their body gives them after meals; they don’t know how to vary their eating appropriately with the changing cycles and seasons.
It’s much easier (seemingly) to just do what someone else tells you to do, especially if it’s popular, and in bullet-point format.
But at the end of the day, those diets simply don’t stick, because they weren’t written for you.
That book hasn’t been written yet, because you are the only one who can write it.
(That’s it. I intentionally stayed away from mentioning any specific diets in this article. But I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about how to learn more, what diets I have tried, or how I currently manage my eating, for example. Thank you for reading!)