Omit “diet” from your vocabulary!  

We have all heard that word…  It’s time to ditch that word out of your life!

What if the word diet came about, because of a billion-dollar industry?  Companies spend a hefty sum, luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution, your shortcut to a leaner and amazing to die for body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets starting from their early teens!

Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. Never before in history of mankind has there been a world-wide problem with overweight populations. Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why?

Diets cause chaos in your body, to your health, particularly your healthy hormones! The constant stress of loosing weight and putting it back on, is a constant merry-go-around, and does more harm to the body than good!

  • Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone?
  • Diets are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a five kilogram gain once off the diet.
  • Diets are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.
  • Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances.

In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.

Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your inner wisdom.

There is no such thing as a quick fix.  Learning to accept and love your body with careful thought and reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilised weight and sustainable health.

Give it a try, you may even end up pleasantly surprised with the results!