It's Not a Diet
I actually went to Google to define a diet because I want to be clear we are all on the same page here when I’m talking about changing the way you are eating not being a diet.
I found a couple definitions. One of them is to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight. And when we think about a diet in the traditional sense, people go on a diet to loose weight, and then they go off the diet once the weight is off.
But what happens when you start eating the way you used to eat? Your body starts responding the way it used to respond.
If you want to loose the weight and keep it off, you need a lifestyle change, not a diet.
What if you looked at a diet as a noun instead of as a verb?
This is how google defines it as a noun: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
This is how you change your lifestyle.
You change your diet.
Or until you want your body to do something else.
There’s a lot of hang up around this and I think it has everything to do with desire and confusion.
People don’t want to say no to cake FOREVER.
What about when your daughter gets married?
What about all the parties?
It sounds so boring.
Your food doesn’t have to be boring.
Mine isn’t, for sure.
Although it’s worth noting Brooke does teach that if you want to lose weight it’s a good idea to make your food boring and your life exciting.
Her reasoning is that you don’t want your pleasure to come from your food.
You want it to come from inside of you, from your thinking, because then you are in control of it.
So think about a diet.
What if you committed to 2 weeks at a time.
What if you always planned what you were going to eat and maybe when there is a wedding you plan on eating the cake.
The point is that you want to get to the place where you feel in control of what your are eating.
So often we find ourselves in the kitchen eating food before we realize we are eating it.
You might be half way through a cupcake before you remember you weren’t going to eat the cupcake.
You have to retrain your brain.
Right now it’s so used to eating whatever it wants, whenever it wants.
Right now it feels out of your control.
When you start planning your food, like we talked about a couple weeks ago, you’re going to get to this place where you are in control.
But the thing I want you to remember today is that if you want lifetime changes, you need to change for lifetime.
So how do you know what you can eat for the rest of your life?
When you plan you food and you are getting the results you want.
Let’s say you have a food protocol and the weight is coming off.
You hit your goal weight and now you want to stay there.
You don’t want to gain any back.
So what you do now is you adjust your protocol.
You still plan your food, because you want to know what you are eating incase you start gaining.
Because if you start gaining, you know the food you are eating isn’t serving you.
This is just information.
It doesn’t mean you are bad or that things have gone wrong.
You are just figuring out what you can eat to keep the weight off.
Use it as information and it will help you.
no weight issue
Okay. So, let’s say you are someone like me and you aren’t trying to lose weight but you are going off flour + sugar so you can feel better.
Well, it’s the exact same thing.
You go off flour + sugar and you start feeling amazing (after the initial withdrawals and it’s out of your system).
If you want to keep feeling amazing, keep eliminating it from your diet.
Because as soon as you add it back in, chances are, you’re not going to feel amazing anymore.
I’m not saying everyone needs to be gluten free or anything like that.
I’m saying you plan and you pay attention to what works for you.
When something isn’t working, you change it.
When something works, you keep it.
For me, it’s working VERY well to keep the gluten out of my diet.
Figure out what works for you and then be willing to eat that way for life.
What works for you is going to make you feel amazing, for the rest of your life.
When you don’t feel good, you’re not enjoying your life.
So that is why I say it isn’t a ‘diet’. It’s a lifestyle change.
Do you think you can commit to your life?
Do you think you can commit to constraining your food so you can feel your best?
Ask yourself these questions. Why or why not?
I don’t want you to think of it as being on a diet for the rest of your life. I want you to think of it as you living the rest of your life feeling amazing.
I hope this was helpful! You guys have an amazing day!