Diet.  I hate that word especially the older I get. Diet to me has a negative ring to it and instantly means deprivation.  But the true definition of diet is:

“the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”

Not sure about you but I do not see anywhere in that definition where it reads that we need to deprive ourselves. So how did we take the leap to thinking that diet means to drastically cut our calories or to not eat certain types of foods?  Maybe fake news?

I used to live my life going from diet to diet in an attempt to get to some magic number on the scale I thought I should weigh.  The result? Living an unhealthy life from constant yo-yo dieting in a way that is not natural for us. As you may have read in my earlier posts, if said weight loss product label – I tried it. Unfortunately, it did not solve my problem and I was in a vicious cycle until I made the changes I needed to make.

Are you ready to make the changes for a healthier you? These tips will help you think in terms of living a healthy lifestyle:

  • Focus on eating clean.  Eating clean means to eat real food and eliminate processed foods. Real food is food that is not processed into a package or a box.  It is naturally grown and harvested in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.  If you think it will be expensive to purchase groceries to eat clean, take a moment to write down how much money you’ve spent the past month eating your meals out, picking up fast food on the way home from work along with the junk you’ve purchased for your family.   Eating clean and healthy is actually less expensive than what you might believe.
  • Clean out your kitchen pantry.  If it is processed in ANY way it’s loaded with chemicals that are not good for your health. Those pretty colors in the sugar laden cereals the kids like? Fake.  The bright fruit drink colors? Additives. If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce or are not sure what they are, put those in the get rid of pile.  In addition get rid of anything that has “preservatives” in the ingredient list.   When I write to put these items into the toss pile, that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away.  Another option is to donate to a food bank or homeless shelter.
  • Now that you have written out your menu, sit down and create your grocery list and head to the store.  The absolute BEST advice ever given to me? Stick to the perimeter of the store where the fresh, healthy foods are kept.  If you do venture down any aisles, read the list of ingredients and try to opt for organic.  Can’t pronounce the ingredient? Don’t buy it.
  • When making changes to how you eat, you might want to start on the weekend if possible.  Some folks may experience withdrawal like symptoms than can range from being overly tired to headaches.   Your body is basically detoxifying from foods that are not beneficial to you.  Drink a lot of water and be kind to yourself and push through.

Personally?  I feel so much better when I eat real food.  It may take a few weeks for your body to adjust. Stick with it because the benefits will greatly outweigh the discomfort you may experience. You’ll feel better too.

To your health,

Denise




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