The word DIET brings all sorts of emotions with it.
From a nutritionist perspective, a diet is simply all the foods that a person habitually eats.
Yet most people see diets by their other definition:
A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
Unless there’s a specific reason for you to undertake a diet, for lasting change I prefer to think of what you eat daily as a NUTRITION PLAN.
I encourage my Online Coaching clients to see everything they eat as a Nutrition Plan, rather than using the word diet.
Many people have negative associations with the word DIET, after years (and perhaps decades!) of going on and off diets.
Most people also dread the thought of “going on a diet” because it feels restrictive and painful…ideas that we want to eliminate when we create permanent changes to our health and bodies.
I want you to avoid thinking of the food you eat as a diet with a definitive end and beginning.
Your food preferences will change over the years and that’s fine.
When you’re coming up with an ideal nutrition plan FOR YOU, it needs to take into account the foods you enjoy.
As time goes on, you’ll try new things and get tired of some things.
Your nutrition plan will change and grow with you.
Cutting out your favourite treats will only intensify your desire for them.
When I created my Online Coaching program, it wasn’t so I could give my clients a cookie-cutter diet plan to follow.
The idea is that I work with clients one-on-one to find a sustainable way of eating to reach their goals.
My method allows you to eat the foods you love and still get leaner and healthier.
There’s no need for a detox or cleanse to get you started.
You just work from where you are and make gradual modifications that make sense FOR YOU.
Of course, there are tons of fad diets out there giving you a specific prescription for what you should eat, whether it’s eliminating entire food groups or eating only at certain times.
Vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Flexitarian, Intermittent Fasting, Clean Eating, and Keto restrict what you’re eating…and it’s totally unnecessary.
Food isn’t something to be scared of.
Most people fail at restrictive diets eventually anyway.
Sometimes you end up gaining more weight than before and you’re usually even more frustrated.
My idea is to help people give up the cycle of yo-yo dieting.
I went through it myself FOR YEARS before I finally found a happier way to live.
I want to help you find a better way of eating.
When you master the basics of calories and macros (particularly protein), you’ll be on your way to creating a nutrition plan that works for your life.
If you’re looking for some guidelines to get you started, read this blog post.
And that means breaking the cycle of dieting and ending food guilt.
It’s a healthier way of living, where you can reach your goals and feel better about yourself, without unnecessary restrictions.
That’s something valuable to aim for.