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The word 'diet' comes from the Greek diaita and mean 'a way of living'. Everything we eat is a diet, it is our diet whether it is good or bad. There are so many diet plans out there that are so hard to stick to and leave us feeling miserable, hungry, deprived and like failures when we chuck it in. This can not be good, surely? So how do we snap out of this. How do we stop setting ourselves up for failure, ending up on a binge and telling ourselves we will start Monday? The answer is simple - We stop 'dieting'.
The diet culture has sucked all the joy out of eating. We are constantly worrying - people are even feeling bad about the natural sugar content of fruit! We have completely lost the point that food is there to sustain us! It is there to nourish us, to give our bodies energy and it should be enjoyed. Don't sacrifice a healthy mindset in pursuit of the 'perfect' body.
Wait? What? But I want to lose weight and get trim, how can I do that if I am still eating the way I am?
Ahhh, well you see just because we are not going to diet does not mean we can not still pursue our goals. We can have our glass of wine, we can eat our chocolate and we can even have that yummy birthday cake someone bought into work - because hey, it'd be rude not to right. We can allow ourselves these things and not feel guilty about it. Not only will we not feel guilty about it but we will ENJOY IT.
This sounds too good to be true, how am I going to eat 'rubbish' and still achieve my goals?
Very simply. We are not putting restrictions on ourselves but we are also going to work on improving our daily habits. By changing the way we think about food and changing our habits we can achieve a way of living - a true sense of the word diet with out any mad rules, without any guilt and without being so hard on ourselves. Good nutrition is soo important. Making sure you are getting enough good fats, clean proteins and fresh fruits and veggies are essential and making small changes will help you towards this. So even tho we are going to allow ourselves to have 'treats', we are not going to go mad on them. The more we start to focus on what we eat and how it makes us feel, the more we eat out of love. We start to love how eating healthier makes us feel (and look) which leads us to take better care of ourselves, make healthier choices without restrictions or rules.
It is for this reason my plan will NOT involve a one size fits all meal plan. Instead it will have recipes, tips, meal prep ideas and healthy swaps to help support your way of living and get you the results you want. You will look and feel beautiful knowing you are making small positive changes each day that are realistic for your busy life style. By making these changes you are much more likely to stick to them, enjoy them and feel healthier than you ever have.
My new plan is coming soon!
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