In life there are many choices we have to make. One of them being food choices, but I hear it so often in my practice,
“I need to go on a diet.”
It’s the one word I despise and that word is diet. What do you think of when you hear or see the word diet, what comes to mind? Restriction, deprivation, starvation? Am I right!?
There’s so much grief and negativity centered around “diet” that it’s not a word I utilize in my practice because it usually entitles a period of time where calories are restricted. The body needs calories because they provide energy, fuel and nutrients to the body, so why have we been restricting our body of calories on “diets”? Most people will answer this questions with “weight loss”, but you can loose weight without restricting calories and depriving yourself of vital nutrients.
Every time you eat you’re feeding your body’s tissues, organs and cells.
You’re either feeding your tissues, organs and cells foods that are full of life and nourishment that promote optimal health and function for years and years or you restrict, deprive and starve your tissues, organs and cells by giving them man-made, chemically processed, lifeless junk “food” that provide no nourishment and actually promotes cell death and decreases organ function, ultimately leading to inflammation in the body and disease. Which scenario would you prefer, cell life or cell death?
So while there are so many “diets” out there, past and present, that it can seem overwhelming to know which one you’re supposed to follow.
Well I have good news for you!
Ditch the diet phenomenon and switch your mindset. Switch your mindset from diet-focused to a lifestyle approach. I promise you’ll be less stressed, have more energy, be happier, and on your way to reaching your health goals.
To help you transition from your old diet mindset to your new eating lifestyle, here are 4 easy tips you can implement right away to get you started.
4 Easy Tips to Mastering Mindset & Achieving Your Health Goals
1. Find your Tribe — It’s important to have a support system. Surrounding yourself with positive people provides an encouraging and emotionally healthy environment in which to invest in yourself. It could be your spouse, friend or coworkers. Wherever your tribe is, make sure they build you up and don’t bring you down. You can also join my Real Nutrition for Real Women private FB group. Here,us gals provide free support, inspiration and motivation.
2. Change your Goals – Loosing weight might be a result, but it shouldn’t be the goal. Set up small, sustainable goals that you have control of. For example, drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day, making sure to eat a protein, fat and carbohydrate at each meal, getting eight hours of sleep, performing physical activity such as resistance training, yoga or a taking a nice stroll through the park three to five nights a week.
3. Rethink Rewards + Punishments – The healthy choices you choose in life are ways of practicing self-care. Remember what we said about it being a lifestyle? Food isn’t a reward and exercise isn’t a punishment. Both are ways of caring for your body and helping you feel and look your best. You desire both! If going to the gym isn’t your thing then find another form of movement, there’s so much out there. Go for a nice walk after dinner, practice yoga, cycling, swim, dance, jog, play tennis or jump on a mini trampoline (great for getting the lymphatic system moving BTW! Here’s one I like).
4. Don’t Step on the Scale – The number on the scale isn’t a reflection of your health. Everyone has a different genetic makeup and the number on the scale can be larger for one person even when that person eats a nutrient-dense diet, exercises on a regular basis and has good, overall health. On the other end of the spectrum, you can have a person who’s number on the scale is small but yet this person restricts calories through eating empty calorie “foods”, doesn’t perform any form of physical activity and struggles with fatigue, depression, digestive issues, and memory fog. The number on the scale isn’t a reflection of your health.
Try implementing just one or all four tips to help transition your mindset to a lifestyle approach. You’ll find yourself to be happier, feel better, have more energy and you’ll be on your way to accomplishing your health goals!
Again, if you’re still looking for your tribe check out the private Facebook group, Real Nutrition for Real Women. If you’re in the group already or decide to join, I’d love to hear your favorite mindfulness techniques!
Shannon from UpBeet Body