These days the “diet world” is an insane place to try and navigate. I meet more and more people who are feeling super confused about whether they should be trying paleo, keto, vegan, gluten free, raw, intermittent fasting, whole 30… the list goes on and on! And the sad truth is that 90-95% of all trendy “diets” fail. I often say that most diets are “short term pain for NO long-term gain.”
What’s wrong with most “trendy” diets?
Many of the trendy diets these days are highly restrictive and cut out important food groups that come from this earth (ex. fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains). A lot of these diets fail to nourish our bodies on a cellular and energetic level, nor do they encourage us to be intuitive with our hunger cues. They often leave us obsessed with the “should and should nots,” stressed in social settings when food is around, and can lead us to have intense cravings (often for sugar and caffeine). Sadly, I have not heard of one “trendy diet” that takes into account the connectivity of our physical and mental health, along with the health of the planet. Failing to see the connection between it all is the KEY missing element in the world these days! There are so many people who are blindly following super regimented diets, while not being clear on why they are doing so, except for maybe the hope to loose some weight.
If there was one tip I can give anyone who is trying to figure out what diet is best to follow, it would be this:
“Know your VALUES behind the diet you choose!”
What I mean by this is that it is important to think about why you are choosing to follow a certain way of eating. Ask yourself if it is in line with what you want for your life and the world around you? I have realized that if our diets are not a part of our lifestyle and what we believe in – they will not be a long-term solution.
What about weight loss?
Even when it comes to weight loss, you can find a diet that helps you do so while also being in line with your values. For example, some of your values might include, being your best self, enjoying social events, caring for the planet, spreading kindness, etc. When it comes to weight loss, the best way to approach it is by doing it as a form of self-love. The root of it needs to be because you value your health and want what is best for your body. Remember, that in practicing more love for yourself, it usually helps you to decipher more clearly what diet choices are best for you and your body. There are also so many amazing nutritionists who can help educate you on this!
Listed below are a few top values to consider when thinking about your diet. The food we eat should…
- Always be an expression of love for ourselves and all that is around us
- Nourish our bodies and minds on a cellular and energetic level
- Be good for the planet and all beings
To sum it up, the best diet tip I can give anyone is to decide what you truly want for your life and what you value for the world around you.
Once you do this – find a way of eating that can suite it – it’s the true key to lasting success and peace of mind! Stay tuned for my coming post on “The Diet Guidelines I Follow” for more details on this!