The term “diet” is a four letter word often associated with boring food, deprivation, and many rules. People hear the word “diet” and usually think:
“I have to follow a “diet” in order to be successful in my weight loss goals.”
“Going on a diet suddenly makes me crave chocolate cake…everyday!
“When I “diet,” I make sure to let everyone around me know that my fun has to end. But when I am not “dieting” , boy am I the life of the party!”
The truth is, all of these statements are false beliefs that somehow the “diet” industry has led us to believe we need to be successful. But I have a little secret! (Actually not really a secret, because I am sharing with you in this first blog post 🙂 )
Deprivation diets do not work! At least not for very long. In my practice, I use the “non-diet” approach with many of my clients who have weight concerns. Through my years of working with individual clients and prescribing many “diets”, I have come to the understanding that we as a population do not need another “diet.” But instead we need to re-learn how to eat, how to fuel our body, how to provide nourishment, and how to enjoy food again. When these principles are learned and implemented on a regular basis, we see the body work naturally to settle at our most healthy weight.
6 Steps to Drop The Diet
1. Eat foods that nourish you. Think about the actual nutrition a food provides. How does it make you feel? Energetic? Satisfied? Tired? Full? Gassy? Be honest with yourself and keep note. If you take the time to listen, your body will tell you how a certain food makes you feel!
2. Stop assigning a “number” to everything you eat. Society has become so obsessed with counting calories, grams of carbohydrates, protein and fat that we have forgotten the primary purpose of food is to provide us with energy (a.k.a. calories). Think about the food you eat as fuel for your body. Refer back to point #1, eat foods that nourish you.
3. Eat real food. Three simple, but powerful words. Feed your body real foods, eat from mother earth. Eat fresh foods. Enjoy real sugar and butter in moderation. Eat real food without guilt. When you focus on eating more real foods in your diet, you will have less room to consume packaged and processed foods.
4. Honor your senses. The taste, the smell, the texture, the look and feel of food all relate to your senses. When you are eating, think about what satisfaction the food is bringing to you. I understand that in today’s fast paced society this is not always possible, but it is something you should be aware of. If moving away from “diets” is appealing to you, then learning to honor your senses during meal time is essential!
5. Eliminate the “last supper” mentality. You know the drill. It is the night before your “diet” and you want to eat all your favorite foods before the diet starts, so you can “get it out of your system”. Well, the truth is this “last supper” mentality is one of the many reasons “diets” fail. When we consistently think this is the “last time I can ever eat this food again” of course you are going to eat more than your body needs. This causes you to stuff yourself (a.k.a. consuming more energy than your body needs), and the cycle continues. If you recognise that no foods are truly off limit, but instead you honor your body with food that nourishes you and makes you feel good, then you can forgo the last supper all together.
6. Find pleasure in the kitchen. Experiment with cooking and make meal prep time an enjoyable experience. Involve your family in the meal planning and preparation. This helps bring to focus meals as fuel, so everyone can perform better at work, in school, and on or off the soccer field! Added bonus: many great conversations and stories are shared over a good meal. Cooking in the kitchen is not only good for the body, but also good for the soul.
Are you curious about learning more regarding the “non-diet” approach?
Contact me today and we can schedule a complimentary introductory phone call to determine if this approach is right for you!