Diet. 🙅♀️ The word that makes people shudder, especially as we get older. I originally wrote this article on my other site about 10 years ago. I still feel the best way to go is to ditch the diet.
Diet. It’s got that “D” word in it and instantly summons images of bland salads and denying yourself that extra scoop of ice cream. But guess what? It’s time to redefine our relationship with “diet.”
So, what does “diet” actually mean? According to the dictionary, it’s just “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” Nowhere in that definition does it say we have to deprive ourselves.
So, how did we end up thinking that “diet” means eating nothing but lettuce or living off kale smoothies? Maybe it’s just a case of “fake news.”
I used to bounce from one diet to another in a desperate attempt to reach that magical number on the scale that I thought I should weigh. The result? A rollercoaster ride through a land of cardboard-tasting diet foods and portion control misery.
Frankly, it was about as natural as a penguin in the desert. As you may have read in my earlier posts, if a label on a weight loss product said “try me,” I was all in.
Unfortunately, it didn’t fix my problem, and I was stuck in a never-ending cycle of dieting until I decided to take matters into my own hands.
So, are you ready to kick the diet mentality to the curb and embrace a healthier, more joyful you? Let’s embark on this hilarious journey together with a few tips that will have you thinking in terms of living a fantastically healthy lifestyle:
1. Make Friends with Real Food: Start by focusing on eating clean. No, we’re not asking you to scrub your veggies (although it couldn’t hurt).
Eating clean means choosing whole, unprocessed foods over packaged and processed ones. Think fresh fruits, lean proteins, and garden-fresh veggies.
Worried it’ll break the bank? Well, before you scoff at those organic prices, calculate how much you’ve been splurging on takeout and junk food. Eating clean is surprisingly budget-friendly.
2. Say Buh-Bye to the Chemical Circus: It’s time for a pantry purge. If it’s got more chemicals than a mad scientist’s lab, toss it out. Those vibrant cereal colors? Fake.
Those neon fruit drink shades? More additives than a sci-fi flick. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s outta there! You can even donate your non-perishables to a local food bank, so they’ll get a chance to enjoy the “delights” of food-like substances too.
3. Stick to the Store’s Perimeter: Grocery shopping has never been so much fun! Stick to the store’s perimeter, where the fresh, healthy stuff lives.
And if you dare to venture into the aisles, give those ingredient lists a good read. Opt for organic when you can, and if an ingredient sounds like it belongs in a chemistry experiment rather than your dinner, skip it!
4. Weekends: The Perfect Time for Change: If you can, start your healthy journey on a weekend. Why? Because some folks might experience withdrawal-like symptoms, ranging from being exhausted to getting pesky headaches.
Your body’s basically throwing a tantrum because it misses the processed junk. So, drink plenty of water, be patient with yourself, and power through it. You got this!
5. Feel-Good Real Food: Personally, I feel like a rock star when I’m munching on real food. Sure, it might take a little while for your body to adjust, but the benefits are so worth it.
Stick with it, because the good vibes will far outweigh any discomfort you may experience. Plus, you’ll feel so much better – and that’s the real goal here!
So, there you have it, folks! It’s time to banish the “D” word, embrace a healthier lifestyle, and enjoy some hilarious adventures in the world of real food.
Your taste buds and your body will thank you, and who knows, you might just discover a newfound love for Brussels sprouts. 🥦🌽🍎