Every day we filter through thousands of ads, commercials, and websites that claim to have the magic diet that will cause you to lose 30 pounds of body fat in one week, you will meet the love of your life and you’ll get a raise. In one camp we have the Keto Krazies saying that more fat and fewer carbs will change your life. In another camp, we have the Vegan Vultures waiting to make you feel bad for eating anything other than a leaf and telling you that you are ruining your health by eating meat. Each diet promises to be the go-to for all your health and weight problems.
I’ve fallen for these diets and I know you have to.
Which leads me to a question I’ve asked in frustration over and over again. Is there a diet that can legitimately change my life for the better? The answer is unfortunately no.
But also yes!
Here are two things you need to know!
The first is that there’s not one single fix-all diet that the world can go on that will transform their health, much less solve all their problems. That’s a lot of pressure. It’s so much pressure that you probably have given up altogether on changing anything at all about your eating habits. I want to alleviate that pressure from you because there’s something else you need to know.
All these diets have success stories for one important reason. They require you to think about what you are eating. Instead of swinging by McDonald's and picking up something quick and easy, you have to spend a little mental energy to think about what you can and can’t eat and that’s a game-changer. When we move from coasting through food to intentionally thinking about our food, that’s when things will change. You will begin to notice how bad some of your eating habits are and learn what healthy food you enjoy and can eat more of. Here are three suggestions I have for you:
1. Start a Food Journal - Every time you eat or drink something, write it down in one place. Here’s what will happen. You will begin to see how much of the wrong things you are eating and that awareness is powerful! So many times we just eat without a thought, but when you take a look at all the things you consume throughout the day, it will be eye-opening.
2. Try a Diet - No one diet is going to change everyone's life, but there is probably a diet out there that can change yours. Take a look at Keto, or Paleo if you love meat. Maybe challenge yourself to be a vegetarian for 30 days if you love vegetables. Whatever diet you choose, stick with it for at least a month, so that you can see the difference it makes.
3. Find a Partner - Misery loves company. By finding someone to join you, you will multiply your chances of actually sticking it to it. Shoot a text out to a friend, spouse, or family member and begin researching something to try and take that step and make it happen!