A quick weekend reminder that eating food is not cheating. Cheat days and cheat meals don’t have to be a thing anymore when all foods are legalized and when you’re no longer dieting.
No one diets for no reason. We do not wake up one day and decide to starve ourselves or restrict foods we normally enjoy. We diet for many different reasons. We may be trying to change our body because we’ve learned we’re not good as we are, we may think we’re going to treat or cure a disease, we may be coping with stress, or any other number of reasons.
The non-diet, Health at Every Size message may say that you don’t need to change your body to be happy or healthy, but wanting to change your body isn’t wrong. It isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean you’re vain or have the wrong priorities. It’s completely normal at times to want to change your body. You may want to lose weight, have a smaller nose, bigger butt or breasts, bigger biceps, more chiseled abs, tanner skin, lighter hair, etc. etc.
Cauliflower, a vegetable I don’t remember eating until I was in my 20’s, can now be used as a substitute for just about anything. It can be used as pizza crust, gnocchi, rice, bread, mashed potato substitute, steak, and so much more. Cauliflower is popular as a substitute because it’s lower in carbohydrates than the original food items and contains additional vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
“I don’t care about your diet”. I’ve made posts like this before, but I always want to add an asterisk. I don’t care about society’s newest diet for weight loss or to live longer. I don’t care about the fads and the gimmicks.
However, even as a non-diet dietitian who doesn’t care about these diets, I most certainly care about my clients’ diets. Your diet helps make up who you are.
We’ve all probably done it. We relax with a few drinks, order the apps we would normally avoid, and eat dessert. We may even slack off with our workout routine. And then by Sunday night we’re thinking about the week and going back on our diet in time for Monday morning to start the whole cycle all over again. This week, we reason, we’re really going to stick with our diet. But then by Tuesday or Wednesday we’re polishing off a whole bag of cookies and telling ourselves we’ll start over again on Monday.
So how do we combat this? Well, if you picked up on all the dieting language in the introduction, you’ll probably realize that we’re going to get back to the opposite of dieting which is of course intuitive and mindful eating. Let’s explore how to eat freely every day of the week.