Thinking of starting a new diet? Don’t!
Are you tempted to buy that magazine that shows someone
who has lost tons of weight on the latest new diet program?
I am always tempted.
We want something magical to happen. Maybe this will be the diet that really works? The one that makes those unwanted pounds just disappear.
But diets don’t work! Diets don’t work because they aren’t realistic! We can’t live a life of deprivation!
Diets don’t work because they have a start day and a usually a quit day too!
I know diets don’t work because I’ve tried a whole bunch of them and I always ended up quitting.
I just couldn’t handle always feeling deprived.
A diet always made me obsess about food and what I could or couldn’t eat. Can you relate?
Living diet free is the best way to live life. That’s what works for me! I’ve lost 20% of my body weight and I’ve kept it off for over 10 years. I found my healthy lifestyle. I always wrestle with 5 pounds that come back way too easily and off way too hard but that’s real life!
I want to encourage you to ditch the diet attitude and make easy changes that help you be healthy and well for your entire life.
Here are 5 easy changes related to our food choices.
#1. Switch to a smaller plate – the luncheon size. Researchers from Cornell University have found that our brains have trouble judging how much food there is on a plate. We use the size of the plate as our reference for how much food to put on it.
The plate on the left is the luncheon size and the other is the regular dinner size. Both plates look full to our eyes, but the one on the right as twice as much food!
The smaller plate holds less food but it looks very full. It’s a sneaky trick to eat less food.
#2. Drink more water. Every cell in our body needs water! Water improves our mood and our energy level. It flushes out toxins and helps our skin glow. And if you are substituting water for pop or sugary juice you are making a healthy choice.
Any water haters? Check here for sneaky ways to drink more water.
#3. Keep tempting foods out of your house. We all have those foods that we really like to eat that aren’t healthy choices. For some of us it’s a sweet treat and for others it’s salty and crunchy.
The best way to limit the temptation is to not have the food easily available.
#4. When you do overeat. Yup, we all do and that’s O.K. Don’t let it be an excuse to continue to overeat for the rest of the day. Instead, make a U-turn and make the next choice a healthy one. You can read an older post about making U-turns here.
#5. Make nutrient rich food choices. Vegetables and fruit are high in nutrients and fibre and low in calories. For example, you can eat a whole cup of strawberries as a snack or for dessert. The calorie count is low, but the nutrients are high and the portion is also big. It’s sure a better choice than those rice cakes we ate when we were dieting. The only thing good about them was that they were crunchy!
It’s a great idea at dinner to serve yourself your vegetables first and fill your plate ½ full of them. They will fill you up and provide you with those good nutrients your body needs.
Today’s little step: We have 5 easy changes we can make to help us ditch the diet attitude. Pick one change to try this week. Keep at it until it becomes a new habit.
Discouragement is always lurking in the shadows. It can creep up on us and that is why we have these good words as our theme, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation
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Remember every little step makes a difference!
P.S. But we are complicated women. We can’t just focus on food. That’s pretty close to a diet mentality. We need to pay attention to our bodies, our minds and our spirits too.
Next week we will focus on our minds. You won’t want to miss the impact our thinking has on our health and wellness!