“Diet is just a word. I no longer attach any emotion to it. Past or present”
When someone shared this with me, I immediately thought - wow, she nailed it. And this is how I feel about the word diet. It’s a word. And just like any other word, you can choose to assign past or future emotions to it.
You don’t need permission from anyone to change or have the desire to change your body. Remove the marketing, the drop 10 pounds overnight, all the magic fads and what is left is simply changing what you currently eat to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight.
I don’t believe diet is a bad word, I don’t believe that all diets are bad. I’m currently DIETING right this moment. Why? Because I want to look and feel better in my body. We only get 1 body on this planet - why not treat it like a temple instead of a garbage dump. And before you get upset, I’m not implying that if you aren’t dieting you are not treating your body very well. Life definitely happens to make some times easier than others. The ultimate goal should be an 80/20 mentality. 80% conscious eating and 20% fun. Let go of the shame attached to dieting. We shouldn’t have to do it in secret for fear of what others might say. You need all the support you can get. Scratch that. You DESERVE all the support.
I’m going to ask you a favor. Do your best to forget about everything from the past regarding the word DIET. It’s in the past. You can’t go back and change it, you can only learn from it. Diet is the same as desk is the same as water is the same as sidewalk. WORDS. Just because I tripped in front of a billion people in Downtown Seattle when I was 8 on a cracked sidewalk doesn’t mean I won’t ever walk on the sidewalk again (true story!).
What I have learned from past dieting…. Deprivation doesn’t work. I love how short nutritional cleanses feel. Eliminating foods or food groups leads to a binge cycle. I need to see SOME type of result for motivation. This is me - what works or doesn’t work for me might work for you! Every DIET is individual - because we are all individuals! Mind blowing right???
Here’s the permission that you don’t need ;) If you want to diet, diet. If you want to change your body, change it! Grab a friend, hire a coach, get the support necessary to achieve what you want. Look at the long game. Be patient. Trust the process. And ALWAYS ask for help when you need it!