I don’t know about you, but I HATE the word diet! Probably because the meaning of the word has become misconstrued so much over the years, that we can only associate it with food we can’t have. And for me, the only way to flip it around is to make it personal. My diet is about me, not you. I don’t need to justify it to anyone but myself. And this is something that we need to keep at the top of our minds.
Now, I hate so-called “Diets” just as much as the next person. And I have been accused of being on some crazy ones from time to time. But in my mind and heart, I have NEVER been on a diet. I have changed my lifestyle in a way that supports the optimum functioning of my body, which includes limiting some food and drink items from “my diet,” but in no way made me feel like I was missing out.
The key here is to tap into your body. And this can be tough for most people. We have a kind of, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” kind of approach to our diets. But I think if we choose to look and feel a little deeper, we can methodically uncover elements of our diet that put us in a state of dis-ease (note how that word came to be). And this is the exact approach I have learned to take in my own diet or better put, lifestyle. I choose to pay attention to the cues my body gives me and adjust based on that. When you do this, you will notice that a lot of the things you enjoy splurging in, actually don’t make your body feel good. Don’t get me wrong, emotionally these foods can be highly rewarding! We all know how good a glass of wine can taste after a hard day’s work, but do we ever really pay attention to how our bodies feel afterward.
I have been accused of being obsessive, neurotic, almost to the point of insane, when it comes to my diet and fitness regimen. And that’s fine. Honestly, I have come to accept that not everyone will understand my methods or my madness, but they don’t have to. The only person that does, is me. So next time you feel you need to start making some adjustments to your lifestyle (a.k.a. Diet), don’t worry so much about what other people will think. All that matters is what you think and that you take steps to feeling like a stronger you. The people in your life that care about you should support the journey you are on and be a source of encouragement, not discouragement.