Do you cringe when you hear the word “Diet”?
What do you think of when you hear the word Diet?
- Diet plans?
- Diet Pills?
- Eating only salads for the rest of your life?
Here is one definition for diet: “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”
Here is another: “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”
Origins of the word diet: “ORIGIN Middle English : from Old Frenchdiete (noun), dieter (verb), via Latin fromGreek diaita ‘a way of life.’”
“A WAY OF LIFE”, here is what the word was meant to be.
I know that you probably get that tight feeling in your stomach and get ready to run away screaming when you hear the word “diet”. Maybe you have images of medieval bondage and only being able to eat small portions of bland food in order to lose weight or for some medical condition.
Let me tell you what I have been doing for over a decade for myself and my patients. I eat tasty meats, eggs, vegetables, and sometimes fruit. I eat enough in a sitting until I feel satisfied (but not stuffed). I have a snack ever few hours. I don’t starve myself, I don’t live off of low fat foods or small portions of greens. I have a very broad range of what I can eat and when I get bored I take a look on foodnetwork.com and find something new to make that are within the eating right guidelines.
People think that a diet should be some sort of restriction of calories or fat. That you should starve yourself. This is actually not heathy. It is better to eat smaller meals but we should also snack ever few hours so that we are satisfied.
When you restrict the how many times you eat a day, your body goes into “starvation mode”. When this happens your body says, “there isn’t much food coming down here. When it does come down we should store it as fat for the future. Just incase we don’t get any for a while again”.
If you eat ever few hours your body has a different dialog with itself, “there is food coming down on a regular basis. Let’s just use it up for energy and we don’t need to store any for the future as fat”.