Go ahead, I’ll wait.
This statement drives me crazy.
First, let’s talk about what and who people cheat on: your significant other, your taxes, card games. These are all frowned upon or downright illegal. All are morally suspect. Someone else gets hurt in the process. Now, let talk about your diet. WAIT!
DIET is a 4-letter word!
The word “diet” conjures up feelings of restriction, of failure, and of hunger.
“I’m starting my diet on Monday.”
“I can’t eat that; I’m on a diet.”
“I can’t wait to be off this diet so I can drink wine.”
“I broke my diet; I’m an awful person.”
So much restriction and blame. How we fuel our bodies shouldn’t come with a heaping helping of guilt. So lets change the word “diet” to “lifestyle.”
Living a healthy lifestyle
Now we are talking. I can follow a healthy lifestyle. Doesn’t mean I have to be perfect. In fact, perfect is boring. A healthy lifestyle can be fun. It includes what you eat and what you do. Getting active, drinking water, and choosing healthier alternatives. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t guilt you for having a cookie at your kid’s birthday party. Or a glass of wine after a long week. It also doesn’t end. There is no time limit on a healthy lifestyle. The hope is that you can sustain a healthy lifestyle over time.
Back to cheating
Once a cheater, always a cheater? NO!
There is no morality when it comes to food. Eating one thing over another does not make you a good or bad person.
Let me say that louder for the people in the back.
FOOD CANNOT MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON!
You can’t cheat on food. So, you can’t cheat on your di … I mean lifestyle.
Listen to yourself and to others when they talk about food. Watch your internal monologue.
Instead of “I ate badly today,” try “I struggled in making healthier choices today.”
Instead of “I cheated on my diet; I might as well give up,” try “I had a few unhealthy items and I am moving
Instead of “I can’t eat that,” try “I am going to enjoy this treat and have a healthy dinner.”
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Kristin Metzler is a Certified Health Educator. She has a Master’s Degree of Nutrition from NC State and is the Area Manager for Total Nutrition Technology. A minivan-driving, soccer mom of 3, she knows how hard it is to feed a busy family nutritious food. She believes that if “healthy doesn’t taste good, you are doing it wrong.” You can contact her at email@example.com or visit the TNT website at Nutrition Technology – Nutrition Plan Weight Loss Programs.
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