A Diet that Really Isn't a 'Diet'
By Donna Stark
I don’t think anyone really likes to hear the word “diet,” do they? It has all sorts of yucky implications … you may have to start limiting certain foods and eating things that you deem gross. And desserts? Well, say goodbye to them too. But I am here to tell you that the word “diet” doesn’t have to put you in a negative tailspin anymore. In fact, it can imply a lot of good things from here on out, not only for you but for your loved ones as well.
The Healthy No-Diet Diet
The healthy no-diet diet is relatively simple and pretty straightforward … just focus on natural, whole foods that are packed with nutrition and then stick to creating and consuming a meal plan filled with them. It’s not that hard to implement, but here are some tips to help you along the way.
- Presentation - Presentation of your meal is important, especially if you are replacing your usual unhealthy foods and are feeling a sense of loss when you no longer have those favorites in front of you. So fill your plates with vibrant-colored food (all sorts of vegetables and fruit) that will entice you and your family to taste something new.
- Memory - Sometimes it helps to remember exactly how bad you felt after the last time you ate something unhealthy. For example, my daughter is always quick to remember that she doesn’t feel well after eating pizza, so if we ever go out for it, she orders a salad instead.
- Healthy associations - Make meaningful associations with healthy food and place less importance on the nostalgic feelings that come with unhealthy ones. An example of an unhealthy association would be what I have with funnel cakes and the childhood memories of my hometown’s yearly fair. Eating them always takes me back to that time, it brings me a sense of happiness, but my body could really do without that sweet dessert. So in place of associating positive feelings with unhealthy foods simply for the memories, try to make those kinds of associations with new, healthy foods instead.
- Supply and demand - You and your family can and will only eat what is bought at the store, so limit the amount of unhealthy, processed snacks you bring back and keep an ample supply of fruits and veggies within reach in the home. And since most people like things to be easy and instant, take the time to wash, cut, or peel it all when you unload your bags. That way it will be ready for that quick and instant snack that everyone craves.
Following a no-diet diet isn’t really that difficult, but it may take some extra effort and intention. Old habits can be hard to let go, but the benefits that healthy eating will bring to your life will make it all worthwhile.
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