All week I’ve been talking about dieting: what it is, 3 reasons why you should never do it again, and today I’ll talk about what to do instead.
I’ve pretty much established dieting is the worst thing ever, but if you’ve committed to never do it again, then what do you do? It’s a whole mindset shift that is maybe different from anything you’ve thought of before if you’re one of the many who have been stuck in the dieting cycle.
Instead of dieting, I suggest you become a nutritional explorer. Obviously, I am a holistic nutritionist so I always want people to be improving their diet. I’m always trying to improve my own diet. I never expect perfection from anyone or myself, but we should always be striving to fine-tune and better listen to what our bodies want and need.
When you approach changes in your diet (and by the way, if you’re feeling fatigued, bloated, gross, that you need to lose weight, etc, it’s okay to feel those things and want to improve.), as I talked about previously this week, those changes need to come from a positive place.
So when you are ready to make those changes form a positive place, approach diet and nutrition from an open mind.
There is so much advice out there, holy cow there is a ton. So many experts and professionals saying “listen to me! This is the right diet for you and everyone!” That’s fine. It’s all done in a spirit of helping people and I think it’s great.
But it can be paralyzing, and also very scary. Who do you listen to and what do you do?
Listen to yourself! Read those books, listen to those experts, research for sure! Then glean all the information you can and take it with an open mind, then play with it! Experiment!
For example: I have found that my body doesn’t like eating oatmeal for breakfast. I know that I’ll crash by 10 am if I have a big bowl of oatmeal. But, oatmeal is a health food! Oatmeal is good for you! For some reason though, my body just doesn’t want it in the morning. I’m fine with it at other times, but not mornings.
That’s a piece of body wisdom I have been able to pick up on just by listening to what my body wants.
This is where I can offer my help to you. If you are one of those people feeling overwhelmed with all the information and don’t know what to do next, this is where a health coach can come in handy. This is where I can help you, this is what I do for my clients.
I take the confusion away and kind of hold your hand along the journey. I give suggestions to try different things. I will never say that any nutritional knowledge is set in stone and is doctrinally correct for the rest of eternity because that’s not the case. (Although vegetables probably will forever be good for you. I don’t know, but I’m assuming.)
There really is no nutritional truth that is absolute, it’s all open! Play with it!
Eat breakfast, don’t eat breakfast, drink water, drink less or more water, it’s open! There is no exact science that anyone has discovered that works for everyone across the board. It’s up to you to take that information, assimilate it the best you can and just play with it. Just experiment! That’s the way to get the results you want.
It’s not going to be a quick fix. It’s not going to be “boom, I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks”. It’s a slow road, and maybe you don’t want to hear that, and I know it can be discouraging because we’re programmed to want things and to want them now.
But when it comes to making long-term, positive changes with your diet, your body, or your exercise program, it’s not going to be an overnight fix. So stop expecting it to be that. Be willing to go on the journey and really commit to really finding out what is best for you and your body.
This will not even be the kind of thing where once you figure it out you’re there forever. This will be a lifelong process of experimentation by tweaking it depending on your age, the weather, how many kids you have at home, or anything. It changes all the time and that’s okay! That’s part of living here on earth is figuring out how to do this the best way we can.