I have been meaning to post this for the longest time, but life and Dancing with the Stars proved to be more important and time consuming. #Priorities
It started when I made the big decision to start incorporating meat back into my life for a bit of diet freedom. After eliminating all things red meat, pork, and poultry-related from my food persona for 9+ years, chomping on a chicken breast took a bit of getting used to.
..For a couple days. Then it was like I never waved my vegetarian flag in the first place.
So why the big change?
There’s a few reasons, but what it really boils down to is because I wanted to.
My body started craving it, and roasted turkey started to look reallllly appetizing. And the loads of beans, greens, and eggs were making my bloat baby a permanent resident.
What worked for me for almost a decade just wasn’t working anymore. Bodies change, tastes change, so why shouldn’t our diets? And that’s what lead me to this Bey-inspired diet rant.
I’ve made it known before about my strong feelings against diet labels (here and here), and I’m here to say it again. Diets don’t work.
The list goes on for the “miracle diet” that heals all, and is the RIGHT way to eat. The bottom line is, they all are. And they all aren’t.
A quick google search for “why x diet is good for you” or “why x diet is bad for you” will give you the results you’re looking for. There’s pros and cons to every type of “diet”. What it boils down to is what works for you.
Honestly, I’ve tried it all. Vegan (I lasted half a day), Paleo (I’ll never give up peanut butter) Elimination (Except that slice of pizza…and beer. Damnit.) Gluten-Free (Nothing beats a chewy & glutenous crust on a slice of NY-style pizza)
I’ve read the success stories. The scare tactics of how certain foods are the devil himself. There’s always going to be a new “it” diet, new studies, new health claims. I say take it all with a grain of iodized/Himalayan/natural sea salt, and LIVE.
I’ve tracked calories on and off for YEARS. Weighed my food. Measured out my peanut butter. And what do I have to show for it?
I haven’t lost an outrageous amount of weight. I haven’t solved all my health issues like magic.
I have stressed over going over my “set” amount of calories. And became a slave to food trackers. While these things do have their place, do I really want to be counting every calorie and weighing every ounce of chicken for the rest of my life?
Instead, I want to find what works for me. And I want you to find what works for you. Whether that includes meat, grains, dairy, green smoothies, or sardines. I want US to fuel our bodies, and feed our souls. And enjoy a double-sized serving of diet freedom.
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That means eating the food your body needs and craves, while not stressing about enjoying an ice cream on a hot day or a slice of cake on a birthday.
Being a dietitian, I get a lot of comments like “don’t look at what I’m eating!” or “I know it’s bad.” To put it bluntly, I don’t give a f*ck what you’re eating.
Until you want me to care. I never give advice or comments when they aren’t asked for. In fact, I LOVE getting asked questions! It’s one of the perks of being a nutrition expert. 😉
No matter what “template” of eating you follow, as long as you’re happy, stress-free, and feeling great then go for it sistah!
I think any “diet” that is sustainable follows these simple principles. If it does, then you’re doing it right.
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables
- Focus on whole/unprocessed foods
- Aim for the best quality when possible
- Limit sugar/refined foods
- Move everyday
- Get enough sleep
Now get out there and enjoy your Fri-yay!
Make it a great day!
Do you follow any “diet” template?
What’s your favorite way to get moving?