What’s the best diet?
There isn’t one! We are each unique in that works and what does when it comes to diet and exercise. Our biochemical make up differs and based on how we have lived our lives (and how our parents & grandparents lived) all matters in what is going to work for you.
Oh and I hate the word diet. Diets start with a list of rules and when I see rules I am so out of it. I cannot do rules or regulations, can you? The second someone says you cannot eat ice cream, the only thing I can think about is ice cream. Why do we do that to ourselves? Because we want diet results, we want to shred 10 pounds in 10 days, and the go to, we want a quick fix. But, the truth is, in all these diets, as fast as the weight comes off, it comes right back on, plus a pound or five.
Here is the fix, instead of hoping on the next fad, let’s work on making changes to improve our lives for the long haul. I plan on being in my body for a long time, I don’t want a quick fix. I need a lifetime of tools to be successful to stay health, fit, lean, and any other adjective you can think of.
In brings me to talk about my favorite thing: HABITS. If you can create a new healthy habit, you can change for the long term. Many people will tell you, it takes 21 days to create a habit, that might be true for some habits or some people, but on average it takes 66 days to create a new habit. Now, where do you even start with habits?
Here are 5 things you can do right now to make a change to a healthier life without a diet:
1. be aware of what you eat: write it down, don’t pick everything from the buffet table, think about how each food makes you feel, slow down when you eat and enjoy each bite
2. food quality: pick foods that are minimally processed, work on adding protein to each meal, add fruit and veggies to your daily life
3. eliminate nutrition deficiencies: this one is a bit more complicated than the rest, it can be a whole list of things, but if think of entire food groups you don’t eat for example: meat if you don’t eat meat, are you getting all the essential ammino acids? are you low on iron? do you have enough vitamin A? If you have completely removed a food group, are you getting all the nutrients you need?
4. control appetite and food intake: slow down, dinner isn’t an eating competition to see who will finish first, understand what a portion size is (i.e. for a female 1 serving of protein is about the size of your palm)
5. regular exercise: move more, go for a walk at lunch or after dinner, try to be active for 20-30 minutes each day, or workout if that’s what you want to do, find a fitness routine that you enjoy
Habits > Rules
I don’t have rules, I just have habits built into my life that I follow, not matter what.
Want your own habits? ASK me how you can get customized habits to change!