I really dislike the word diet. For years in my teens it was negativity associated with weight – the desire to lose it. It’s a word that can carry a whole lot of stress, anxiety and worry along with it. Just a whole lot of mental exhaustion.
I feel so thankful to have moved on past that part in my life. I have embraced my love for food and no longer carry a diet mentality around. I know it brings me more happiness and even more health too. The food I eat, which in turn is my diet, makes me feel the best I ever have. It nourishes me, takes care of me and allows me to be active and do all the things I want to do.
But as I write all this, I’m a bit saddened. I know there are so many people, especially women, that live with the diet mentality I have known all too well. The calorie counting, obsessing over when to eat next, the ‘diet’ foods that I assumed were healthier for me, worrying about foods I ate but “should have avoided” and the hunger. Can anyone relate? It’s not a fun place to be. Not at all.
But I’ve moved on, and I am thrilled about it! When I discovered that focusing on real foods, foods that are as close to nature as possible, would help me to not only feel amazing, but to also help me look the best I have in my life, I was hooked. No more worry and stress, all I had to do was just eat real food.
Nowadays I fuel up with a ton of variety of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, lots of fats (butter, half and half, coconut/avocado/olive oil, fat from meats, avocado), plain whole fat yogurt, rice, nuts/nut butters, seeds, oats, some pasta, sweet and regular potatoes and of course, super dark chocolate or random treats, but they are not the bulk of what I enjoy and I work to limit excess added sugar because I feel best when I do that. I cook often, buy a whole lot of ingredients and limit the processed foods that come into our house.
I have so much more to share on this topic, but I want to hear what your questions are! What do you want answered in my next post on just eating real foods?
Happy Monday and start to the week! Today I’m going to attempt my first solo trip to the grocery store with three kids. Fingers crossed for success and no tears (from them and me).