Cabbage Soup, Atkins, Low fat, Blood Type, 5:2, South Beach, the list of fad diets is endless………….
The truth is, that fad diets do not work in the long run. Why spend those few weeks before your holiday or your wedding when you want to look and feel your best, stressing out and obsessing over food, feeling deprived and moody because you are hungry?? Your diet can be far better managed if you adapt to healthy eating right now and make this a permanent lifestyle choice.
I know what you’re thinking….”healthy eating is boring”. “But I love burgers and fries. And cocktails!!”. “You mean I can never look a lasagna in the face again??!!”. I hear you! But wait – please read on….
Healthy eating does not mean eating boring, mundane rabbit food. We are not stuck in the 90’s where “low fat” errrthang was the diet of the decade. Long gone are the “low fat” Heroin Chic models that skulked down the catwalks. Today we are moving towards a healthier look that celebrates curves and a diet that doesn’t restrict your food intake.
Healthy eating means consuming delicious food that is vibrant, varied and good for you! It also means making healthy choices and decisions when it comes to food. Healthy eating does not mean banning foods from your diet, or not eating for extended periods of time, it also doesn’t mean that you have to eat the same food every week, day in, day out. By making conscious healthy choices about the food you put into your body you will be looking and feeling your best in no time.
It’s no secret that the key to looking good is mostly based upon what you eat. If you eat non-nutritious junk food regularly this will not only have a profound effect on how your body looks but how you feel too. Eating an unbalanced diet can leave you feeling lethargic, bloated, unable to concentrate and sometimes unable to sleep properly. Healthy eating is enjoyable and includes filling up on lots of lean proteins, fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts. By living healthily you are aware of what you are putting into your food and therefore into your body. However, just because you have decided to live a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have the occasional pizza or glass of wine (hooray!); by all means treat yourself on occasion, life is far too short to deprive yourself of the enjoyment you can experience from good food.
The point is to make sure you monitor your portions and try to avoid processed pre-packaged meals. If you have a roast dinner with wine one day you should try to ensure that you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch before-hand. Or if the whole day turns into a splurge, jump back on the right track the next day. Do not scold yourself for eating something “unhealthy”, or feel guilty about it: think of healthy eating as everything in moderation. The trick in not depriving yourself means that you tend not to fall off the wagon so much. Knowing that you are not on a “fad diet” means that you can have those treats because most of the time you are eating healthy nutritious meals.
I believe I may have read this somewhere before but I like the analogy: Try to think of your body like a car, *if you put diesel into an unleaded motor the car will spark but nothing will happen after that because the sparks have nothing to ignite on. Diesel is much heavier than petrol, it is oily and about a pound heavier than a gallon of gasoline. Your car won’t run properly on diesel because it needs unleaded petrol.
Like the car that needs unleaded petrol, your body needs nutritious food in order to function, look and run at it’s maximum capacity. Consuming junk food or processed food of which you have no idea how it was made or what it really contains will slow your body down. Much like the car, your body will try to ignite but without the right energy will find it hard to get going and sustain energy throughout the day.
Just remember to pay close attention to how your body feels after eating and try to not to eat until you are uncomfortably full. This is the only body you’ll have, so treat it well and don’t spend life obsessing over food.