Real Food Diet
Everywhere you look in our culture you are constantly being bombarded by contrasting information on dieting, what to eat, and what not to eat. In recent years there has been the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup fast, and a diet that promises you will lose weight by eating nothing but cookies. When you’re trying to lose weight and be healthy, it’s hard to know which of these to follow to reach your goal. Here’s my advice: None of them.
The perfect diet is not a diet at all. Humans are designed to eat a certain way, and anything else is not worth your time. The perfect “diet” foods can be found on the outer walls of every grocery store: fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, beans, and low-fat dairy. These foods are packed with the nutrients you need to live. If it wasn’t once alive, it’s probably not that great for you. Stop focusing on the macro: fat, carbs, protein, calories, etc. and start focusing on the micro: vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. It becomes very simple. There are no nutrients in white bread, so don’t eat it! Eating this way will make you healthier from the inside out…lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, give you higher energy, and we all appreciate the physical benefits too. Healthy people look healthy!
There is a reason main stream diets make their plans so complicated and detailed: They want to sell books, advice, so-called shortcuts, and a dependency on their products. The way of eating I am suggesting is simple, straightforward, and is the only way to have long-term success.
What we eat every day is a choice. When offered a cookie, unsuccessful “dieters” will respond with, “No, I can’t eat that.” Successful lifestyle eaters will respond with, “I can eat the cookie, but I choose not to.” This is where you want to be. I know this way of eating may seem overwhelming at first, but if you break it up into individual meals and snacks, it becomes much easier.
Here are some tips to help you transition to this way of eating:
- When planning a meal, make your vegetable or salad your main dish. Meat and grains are your side.
- Snacks should be whole fruits, vegetables, and/or nuts
- Don’t drink your calories. Water is what your body needs. Your body has a good way of telling you if you need more water: your pee should be clear!
- Treat bread, sweets, and processed foods like you would alcohol…it’s okay once in a while, but you wouldn’t drink all day, everyday so don’t make these foods a staple in your diet.
Try it out! I guarantee you will feel better, have more energy, and as a bonus the weight will naturally fall off. In a future blog I will address the challenges of eating away from home.