Hello My Butterflies!
Talk to anyone who’s ever been on a diet or had a weight issue for any length of time and you will most likely hear a lot of the same things. We try every new diet that comes out and hope that something will be “the one” that will change us forever into the lithe ballerina figure we long for. Then we wake up from the dream and reality hits us square in the face.
For the longest time, there was just low-fat, low-carb and low-calorie. Now, there’s paleo, gluten free, raw whole foods and many more that not only deal with weight but certain health issues as well. I’d say we are constantly evolving and growing in our understanding of how food impacts not just our weight, but our health on many more levels than we’ve been led to believe.
I’ll bet there’s a new diet that comes out every day. Sometimes they become popular, and other times they die off without anyone knowing they even existed. Which then brings up the question, why so many? Can’t there be ONE plan that works for everyone? Apparently not.
For me personally, as soon as I know I can’t have something, that’s when I want it the most. So my idea is to allow myself to have what I want, but just keep it under a certain amount of calories. By doing that, I will still work towards eating healthier, but on those days when I HAVE to have an Oreo or Oatmeal Cream Pie, I can and will. I just have to commit to myself that if I do, it doesn’t happen every day and I stay within a calorie limit.
I’ll bet you’ve tried more than one plan. And I’ll also bet that if you stick to any of those plans, most of them have worked a little. The problem isn’t the plan, it’s how we’re wired and how the food companies lie to us about what is actually in the food that is available to us. Did you know that food companies actually put ingredients in the food to make them addictive? Some of those don’t have to be listed on the label if they are in small enough amounts. Or they can be put under the “natural flavors” or “spices” label.
Of course if you ask them, they’ll tell you that it’s proprietary and they can’t reveal what is in a product. I know about this because I used to work in the R&D department of one of the largest food manufacturers. They make a really popular pound cake. 😉
The point is, we are fighting a battle that has already been stacked against us. And it ain’t an easy fight.
When a drug addict comes off of whatever their fix is, nobody tells them to just “stop using” because it’s understood that if someone is addicted, they CAN’T just stop. Their body goes into such intense withdrawals that they go right back to whatever they are addicted to.
Why is it that we can’t grasp that our bodies have become addicted to the foods we eat? Because it’s the same thing. What’s worse is those around us can’t seem to understand that as well, especially those people who have NEVER had a weight problem or an addiction to something.
So what’s the answer? What is the best diet plan for you? It’s simple actually. It’s the one you’ll actually STICK TO. 🙂
I know what you’re thinking. “Sharon, you just told me that the food companies are out to get me and keep me enslaved!”
Yes, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t beat the addiction. The key is doing it in steps.
That being said, there is also some validity to cleaning up your diet, eliminating things that are bad for you (such as chemicals), and moving towards a healthier lifestyle. But don’t expect it to happen overnight. It won’t.
Baby steps. I’ll go into more detail what steps can be taken to begin to cleanse yourself of the things that cause us to hold onto our weight in future posts.
Diet soda (and regular soda) is probably one of the worst things you can put in your body because of artificial sweeteners, and it can actually increase your appetite (<<That link right there is the scientific proof for those of you who want to see it). So let’s get healthy and get the diet soda out of our diets.