Healthy Doesn’t Mean Deprivation

Healthy Doesn’t Mean Deprivation

What’s the first thought that pops into your head when you hear the word “diet?” My friend once replied, “I have a feeling I’m going to “d-i-e”!” 🙂
Yes, I’ve noticed that quite often when people hear the word diet they think of starvation and deprivation. They think that being on a diet usually means being hungry and cranky all the time. Not to mention the thinking that healthy food is tasteless, boring and unappealing.
For me eating healthy means giving your body only what it needs when it needs it. It means eating the kind of foods that nourish your body. So “being on a diet really means having what you eat controlled by a PLAN instead of by your moods or habits.”
I know that eating clean sounds easier than it really is. For some people it’s really hard. But focus on finding the foods that help you reach your goals but are still tasty, delicious and enjoyable. Try to expand your range of choices by sometimes trying foods that you haven’t eaten before or you usually don’t have it on your plate.
There are foods you probably need to eliminate from your diet if you want to lose weight and reach your goal. However, don’t go overboard. Cut back gradually and replace it with foods that are high in fiber, provide lean protein and contain vitamins and minerals.
“So forget the fad diets that don’t work and get started on planning a diet that you can stick with over the long term. This is the balanced approach to good health and nutrition, and it’s an approach that you can live with for the rest of your life”, says Hiram Perez who has made good health and fitness a lifelong study.
Last but not least, when you want to eat a cookie EAT IT.  As Yael Cohen, founder and CEO of F Cancer,  nicely put it, “Eat one delicious cookie, savor it, really appreciate it and acknowledge it for what it is — an indulgence and a treat. Then put the bag away and go on your merry cookie high way.”

Dear Reader, I wish you a rosy day! And rather than focusing on losing weight, focus on overall health and your weight will take care of itself.

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