While there may be some scarves and hats and even clothes that are “one size fits all” let’s get something straight here, there is NO such diet. There, I said it.
We are bombarded with the newest fad diet daily anymore and it is easy to look at the before and after photos of successful dieters and think “that could be me!” and guess what it very well could be. However, most diets do not fit the lives of most people and many people behind the scenes do not have a successful before and after and are left discouraged, defeated and left without any guidance on how to continue.
While a “diet” is nothing more than the type of food a person habitually eats, most of us like to think of the word in a negative way. I’m “on a diet” is one of my least favorite phrases because we are ALL on a diet since we need to eat. Plus, once you go “on” something, you inevitably must come “off” of it and it is not sustainable. So, let’s also get something else straight, diet is NOT a negative term and should NOT be used to restrict oneself unnecessarily so.
Every one of you is unique and, therefore, you require a unique diet. Sure, we can all benefit from similar foods and should probably avoid much of the same “frankenfoods” out there, but no two people will ever have the same “diet” and guess what? THAT’S OKAY! How boring would it be if we all looked, sounded and acted alike? YAWN! Same goes with our diet, so stop looking at everyone else’s plate and start focusing on what you are putting on yours.
To top it off, no two days that one individual has is the same. That said, you as an individual will probably not need to eat the EXACT same thing everyday. This does not mean you get to binge on pizza on your workout days and forget to eat on your rest days. This means you must find a happy medium and find a way to follow your hunger cues.
There is no one size fits all diet, but there are certain things we should be considering when figuring out what is right for us. The three factors below are what will shape our individual “diets” yet will allow differences based on the individual.
- Nutrient Density: that means per bite you are getting vitamins, minerals and so much more. No, I am not talking about the fake added in ones found in processed foods. I am talking about your fruits, vegetables, quality meats/eggs/fish/dairy, etc.
- Digestibility: you are what you absorb. Some people can’t have dairy, some live off of dairy. Some get sick by one speck of gluten, others seem to do okay (not that I recommend it). Real food that you can digest well is the goal, however, this looks different for everyone.
- Sustainability: this is two-fold. We want a “diet” that is sustainable for us and our lives. We want it to fuel us and to nourish us both body and soul. We shouldn’t want to get “on” and “off” something, instead we should want to eat sustainably. The other side of this is that we would eat food that was meant for us to eat and in it’s natural form. Eat locally and seasonally. Just Eat Real Food.
Alright, rant over, have a great weekend. Let me know what your “diet” looks like by telling me in the comments or by sharing with me somewhere on social media!
You are all truly unique and awesome, stay sassy!