If you’ve ever wondered to yourself…
– What is the best diet?
– IS there a right diet for me?
– How do you tell?
– Can it change over time?
You’re not alone. As a certified nutritional therapy practitioner, I get this question all the time. In today’s video, I want to discuss whether I consider there to be a so-called best diet, and how to find the way of eating that works best for you.
Ultimately, there are a few things I consider when it comes to the best diet.
1. Is it sustainable?
Most people can cut out carbs, cut down cals, or resist cravings for a limited time. But eventually, will power wanes. A night out comes up. A stressful day at the office arises. It’s important that the way you eat isn’t just doable on your BEST days but on MOST days.
I see so many women who diet in pursuit of a weight goal… which there is nothing wrong with, persay. We all want to look and feel our best. However, in doing so, it’s important to consider whether your healthy habits are sustainable once you reach that health goal and beyond.
Your body reflects the habits you have right now. If you go back to those habits once you reach a weight goal, your body will revert back to reflecting them. Slow and steady can win the race in incorporating healthy habits that will last for a life-time.
2. Does it feel restrictive?
If a diet feels overly restrictive, it’s a matter of time until overeating ensues. Your brain is so vigilant for any sight of famine. It’s wired to keep you alive, and it does that with is FOOD. So if you restrict, your brain will send stronger and stronger urges to eat. The cravings rev up. What start out as small cravings become overpowering urges to eat. Until, you do.
If you’re struggling with any kind of emotional eating, overeating, or binge eating challenges in particular, a diet is one of the WORST things you can do to help yourself break that cycle. Dieting is literally what perpetuates the overeating, restrict, overeat cycle. If you can get on a regular rhythm with food — eating whole meals at regular intervals — you’re much more likely to actually break the cycle, reduce the urges to overeat, and reach your health goals in a gradual and balanced way.
3. Is it serving you NOW?
Different ways of eating will serve you at different periods in your life. You may find that, at one point, veganism makes you feel light, lean, and cleansed. You may find at other points that you crave meat. Maybe if you are focusing on fertility, you will want to add more healthy fats into your diet to build healthy hormones.
So often people feel like they’ve found the mecca when they find one diet they like, without realizing that their needs can (and will) change over time. So make sure you’re tuned in enough to tell whether the way of eating that served you in your twenties is STILL the right one for you.
Another thing that was incredibly freeing for me personally was giving up subscribing to one particular diet. I used to find a lot of excitement in following some set of guidelines. But eventually, it led to me feeling rebellious if I ate just one food outside those bounds. If I ate that, I used to reason, I might as well eat everything the rest of the day / week / month. I also felt pressure from others knowing what I should or shouldn’t be eating.
So now, I don’t subscribe to any particular diet. Some days, I eat vegetarian. Other days, I eat more paleo. Most of the time, I focus on whole foods. But if I ever break those descriptions — enjoying a big bowl of pasta or ice cream on a night out — I love that I’m free to do it without feeling like I’ve messed up. It’s worked wonders for my relationship with food.
I hope these questions inspire you in deciding what is the best diet for YOU. What’s sustainable, what’s balanced, and what’s truly right for you NOW… versus 10 years or days ago. How freeing to know that what you eat can change as you do, right?