Diets: A New Approach

February 02, 2017 / Health Coaching, Inspiration

So by now many of  you have probably tried so many different kinds of diets and exercises to try and lose weight and stay in shape. They probably even worked for a while which is great! However, the point of all that hard work is not to have temporary results but lasting change! So the reason those diets don’t work is probably because they weren’t sustainable for you. Most of them probably have a disclaimer. For example lose this amount of weight in this amount of time.  After that what happens? What they fail to mention is that if you stop the diet, then the weight loss stops and you’ll gain all the weight back. It’s like physical therapy if you stop doing your exercises and stretches the pain will come back. Of course, you don’t want the weight to come back and gaining more is not an option! So what now?

Here’s my advice, start looking at the word “diet” differently. To me the word diet means anything I add or take away permanently or for the foreseeable future. If I decide that my body can’t handle gluten anymore it’s out of my diet for years not just for 30 days. Eventually, I will experiment here and there with gluten to see if my body has changed. However, if I am getting the same symptoms as I was before it’s staying out of my kitchen and out of my mouth. Bodies don’t need breaks when it comes to allergies they need healing. So if you are forcing your body to eat something it is rejecting you are putting your health at risk.

Your diet should be something that is constantly changing. My own personal diet is always evolving because I as a person am always changing. I am not the same person I was 5 years ago, just like I won’t be the same person 5 years from now.  Your diet should also follow this rule. Remember if your body can’t digest something, that means when you are eating it you’re making your body work harder. Also possibly causing damage to your system. In the long run that can lead to some serious health problems, including weight gain. So how do we figure out what our diet should look like?


Health Coaching Tips:


#1 Don’t Go Cold Turkey 

Instead of eliminating all bad foods start by add the good ones in. Don’t start depriving yourself of all the foods you think don’t work for you. That will just cause you to become frustrated and you’ll most likely give up on what you’re doing.

Example: Say you eat a lot of processed sugar everyday and you want to cut back. Don’t just go cold turkey. Yikes that would be uncomfortable. Instead if you need something sweet try something that is all-natural, like a piece of fruit. The key: avoid processed foods. 

Or instead of eating a yogurt packed with processed sugar for breakfast, try eating an all natural yogurt with no sugar. Fancy it up with fruits, nuts and maybe topping it off with a little honey. You still get the sweetness factor but your body will be much happier.

You don’t need to go cold turkey, but by making small changes to natural unprocessed foods this will start to make a difference in how you feel.


#2 Substitutes!

Don’t give it up, swap it out! Instead of giving something up try replacing it with a healthier option. White sugar for honey or maple syrup.

Instead of having potatoes with your egg maybe you try a salad. Or instead of cereal you try granola loaded with nuts and seeds.

Finding substitutes might be tricky at first but for the sake of your sanity and health why not give it a try. This way it won’t be like you’re ON A DIET but you’re changing YOUR DIET.


#3 Increase your whole foods

The more whole foods you bring into your diet the better. You can start by adding them in as replacements or to compliment your current foods you already eat. The less altered they are the better. Whole foods are packed with natural nutrients. They are designed to heal the body and enable the body to function properly. They are also filled with antioxidants and detoxifying agents that will help eliminate waste and fat from the body. Bonus: they also have healing and preventative properties that benefit your health in numerous ways. So by choosing whole unaltered foods you are getting more bang for your buck where your health is concerned.

**Your diet should be like a stock portfolio. It should have a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables in it. Don’t just put your health in the hands of one vegetable or fruit, mix it up.


#4 What has worked before?

Is there a diet that you have tried that has worked in the past? What were the components of it and how did it make you feel. Let’s say you really enjoyed being on a high protein diet and low carb diet. It gave you more energy and you lost weight but it didn’t last because you felt too deprived. Looking at that logic can you use components of that diet now?

Example: Say all your protein was coming from meat in that diet? Could you add in different kinds of protein besides meat? Spinach, tofu, beans, nuts and seeds? Maybe subbing in almond milk instead of cow’s milk? Or maybe instead of adding in processed flours you substitute your flours for nut flours? Improving your carbs with more nutrient dense options will help you still get your “bread fix” but now you will be benefiting your health. Try things like rice and quinoa pasta and throw in a variety of vegetables. You are still getting your carbs but also all the nutrients that should be going with them. 


#5 Cooking at home

The best way to lose weight is to try cooking at home! It is wonderfully relaxing and you know exactly what is in the food you’re eating. Plus there is a labor of love effect that happens because you’re eating food you have put your time and energy into.

The ultimate goal is to find food that makes you feel happy and healthy. Diet books are just suggestions on how you can go about doing that. My goal is getting you to eat more fruits and vegetables and less dairy, meat, caffeine, sugar and processed foods. I am not saying you can’t have them, but moderation is the key.