The Oxford Dictionary gives two different versions of the Noun ‘diet.’ The first is ‘the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.’ And the second is ‘a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reason.’ I personally see the word diet within the first definition. My diet to me, is what foods I put in to my body on a daily, weekly basis. It is not restrictive but it does require some planning and consideration. My diet is something that allows me to have everything that I want, in moderation. We live in a society where things are readily available to us and that in turn allows us to over indulge a little too often and sometimes we do not even realize that we are doing it. So, in turn people feel the need to restrict what they have from time to time which has evolved the word diet to mean something that is not necessarily habitual but so something that you have to follow. Hence why there are two definitions in the Oxford Dictionary.
Do you have a plan or a diet? I have a plan, a plan as to what I want my diet (or what I think my diet should) entail. I do not put myself on a diet. I know what foods are good for me and what are not and in what quantities I should eat certain foods. Therefore I plan out what I should eat every day. I try to stay away from the foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables with a good source of protein and a wholegrain or potato in certain meals. A diet in the other sense, when I think about it is that where you only eat specific foods. Now; the cabbage soup diet went out with the 80s but more imaginative diets have hit the headlines in recent years, namely the Paleo diet (the caveman diet) and the Atkins and Dukan diets (low or no carbohydrate diets.) Now I am not here to discuss these in depth and talk about the pros and cons but I do want to point out that all of them are quite restrictive and take a lot of time and effort to maintain and prepare. What happened to just everything in moderation and exercising a few times a week? If we were to try this, I believe that the results would be astonishing. People rely too much these days on being told what they can and cannot eat, cutting things out completely from their diet. I know that if I think about cutting something out of my diet, that I would then obsess about not being able to have that specific food. I like to be able to know that I can have whatever I want. I might not have certain things at certain times of the day, like bread or pasta at night for example but I do not deny myself anything. I feel that not restricting yourself, psychologically helps you to maintain a healthy eating regime. Eat healthily and exercise regularly – this should be your go to mantra to be on the right track to a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t work all of the time but it should most of the time, it is definitely a good starting point. Yes it requires dedication but what doesn’t? A diet should not be something that you are ‘on’ it should be something that is just incorporated in to your everyday life. That is my opinion anyway and it works for me. I don’t have time for any restrictive or ever changing diets – and I am sure that not many of you do either. So why not try simply looking at your diet and adjusting where you over indulge and include more fruit and veg and the right type of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and go from there. You will be amazed how stress free it is.