A FAD DIET IS DETERMINED BY THE TEMPORARY NATURE OF IT – AND IS USUALLY FOLLOWED BY A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE.
The media has managed to shame people into wanting to be the same as the celebrities, the wealthy, actors and models but not letting them into the secret – the mind-shift absolutely necessary to maintain that ‘thinness’ we so desire.
There is only one way to change your diet and it’s not by following any fad diets, eating well is not a temporary change and it is a choice you do have to make alone.
It’s necessary to decide that it’s over – that you and your packets of chips, bottles of coke and packet food really need to part ways for you to be happy.
There are so many layers of unhealthy eating – there are those who:
- Rely on packet food for daily taste sensations
- Have a supermarket trolley full of white bread and coke
- Eat way too much meat
- Are vegetarian or vegan but still eat badly
- Have a chronic illness and eat to fuel their cravings in an attempt to make themselves happy
- Disbelieve food can make any change to their health
- Eat take-away every day
This creates several different reasons to want or need to change your diet.
I used to eat a lot of meat when I was young. My parents both worked long hours so I was left to fend for myself mainly. There was always meat in the fridge and white bread – so that was what I ate – a lot. I now know why I had chronic severe and debilitating constipation, although I didn’t connect the dots then.
It was before the time of the connection between food and health had been realised.
OVER THE YEARS MY HEALTH BECAME A REAL PROBLEM SO I STARTED TO EXPERIMENT WITH MY DIET, ADDING VEGETABLES, REMOVING SUGAR, DAIRY AND MEAT AND PLAYING AROUND WITH DIFFERENT FOOD COMBINATIONS.
Some of these diets included:
- Eating carbs and protein at different meals
- A very strict candida diet (yeast and sugar free)
- Pritikin diet
- Vegetarian diet, very high in sugar and dairy
- Blood Type diet (I’m an O – which means I’m supposed to eat red meat but no dairy or sugar)
- Wheat free
- Detox diets
- Elimination Diet
- Fit for Life Diet
- Macrobiotic Diet
- Raw and vegan
I think that’s the lot. As you can see I didn’t give up trying!! There is a stubborn part of me that is determined to find the combination of food that works best for me.
Not just making me feel well physically, but a food combination that suits me, makes me happy and is easy to eat, is tasty and I don’t have to worry about getting the right combination of protein, calcium and other vitamins and simply because…….I eat what makes me feel good and there are only whole-foods in my fridge and pantry. Simple solution!
I know that if I have a bit of a craving then it’s ok to have some watermelon, a handful of nuts, cook up some brown rice or whatever suits me at the time. The balance is easy for me now.
It has taken me a while to figure it out though.
The main thing – the first thing to overcome is your mindset.
Figuring out Why you want to change your diet is far more important than how you are going to achieve it. If you don’t have a good reason, one that lights you up and feeds your determination to succeed at this simple task of simply eating well then you may well have no good reason to stay there.
If it’s just to lose weight – well and good, but why do you want to lose weight? Usually it would be a body image thing or maybe it’s a health issue. Either way it also comes down to self worth and realising that you are far more courageous than you thought.
Discovering that the food options are often based on emotional eating and old habits from childhood there is more hope to move on.
If you were able to create wonderful, feel good moments when you were younger and relate them to the foods you were eating at the time you can do the same now. It’s just a matter of understanding what they were and taking control of your decisions.
Letting go of anything in life whether it’s food, clothes, time or people will leave you with a void you will have to fill again. This is quite often what stops people from continuing.
All the more reason to ensure there is a plan and a solid decision and a great reason to leave one food choice and take on another.
The benefits far outweigh the perceived drawbacks – I can vouch for that.
If you’d like to discover more I have a 7 Day Food Mindset Mastery Course for you to take that next step and discover your personal blocks that are keeping you in an unhealthy eating pattern.
Or if you’d prefer something more one on one Here’s a link to my Coaching Page where we can discuss a strategy that would suit you perfectly!