The Holy Grail of Dieting

September 4, 2019

 

I have to be honest with you. Writing about food solely from a physical health perspective kinda bores me.

 

Because it is kinda boring. There is only so many sexy ways to dicky up:

 

  • Eat mostly plant based foods to prevent nutrient deficiencies and help fight off disease.

  • Eat adequate amounts of protein, from lean meats for example, to help the body build, repair, and function at its best.

  • Eat some heart and brain healthy fats to lube the joints, brain, eyes, to maintain a healthy immune system, and to keep hormones ticking over.

  • Eat appropriate amounts of whole grains and starchy carbohydrates to maintain energy levels and to better fuel performance.

  • Drink water.

 

I still strive to provide this important information as it is not common knowledge for all.

 

However, instead of trying to dicky up these basics into a list of “superfoods” that will give you super powers, cleanse your blood, or beautify you, I much prefer to address people’s behaviours and attitudes towards and around food.

 

Nonsensical diets will come and go (as your weight goes up and down), but the reason WHY you overeat in the first place will always remain if you do not address your behaviours around food.

 

This area of nutrition fascinates me.

 

Perhaps because it is something I struggled with for 17 years. I searched tirelessly for the holy grail of diets that would ultimately “fix me”.

 

I tried them all, from Weight Watchers to vegetarian diet to low calorie to Paleo.

 

Sure, they all worked in the short-term while I followed them. But as soon as I took the foot off the gas, when I exhausted my willpower, and resumed my normal way of eating, the weight always came back.

 

I restricted – I overate – I restricted even further – I overate even more. The vicious cycle thus ensued.

 

So if dieting isn’t the answer, what on earth is? Food doesn’t make us fat. It’s how we THINK about food that makes us fat. Learn how to:

 

  • Listen to your body.

  • Eat intuitively.

  • Differentiate physical hunger from emotional hunger.

  • Nourish your body.

  • Nourish your mind.

  • Trust yourself around food.

 

Chase your health.
Look after your mental well-being.
The body will follow.

 

I promise you that.

 

Thanks for reading,

Karen

 

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