You see this term used all the time. All foods fit, but only in moderation. So does that mean 1 cookie is okay but 10 aren’t okay? Are 2 cookies okay? 3? Where do we draw the line on moderation?
Just because you were “good” today, went to the gym, or didn’t eat carbs at lunch, doesn’t mean you now get to eat the foods you enjoy. You don’t need to make one of these excuses to yourself or to the people around you to justify eating certain […]
No one food holds all the nutritional power. No one food will prevent and cure disease. If you don’t like kale, eat another vegetable (my preference). If the superfood du jour doesn’t taste good to you, don’t force it. Sure, you can try it prepared different ways and maybe you’ll find a way that you like it, but if not, try something else. Enjoyment of food is an important part of health too.
“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.
We’ve all probably experienced a fear of missing out (FOMO) at some time or another. Social media makes it so easy to see all the things other people are doing that we aren’t. It also allows us to see all the different foods other people are eating (or just taking pictures of) that we might feel jealous of because we believe only people in certain bodies are able to eat certain foods, our food doesn’t look as good, or because we have allergies/intolerances that prevent us from eating certain foods. In our daily lives we may see certain seasonal foods we feel we can only have at certain times of year, we’re at an event and our favorite food is being served, or everyone else around is having the same thing and it looks good. Food FOMO is going to come up. How could it not? But let’s take a look at some ways to help manage the feelings that arise so it doesn’t ultimately lead to feeling worse about ourselves.