Over the past year, my view on the way we eat has drastically changed from what it used to be. It came to my realization that a lot of our views on dieting and eating habits are unrealistic. I think people would have a better view on nutrition if they understood that it is not about restriction, dieting or eating foods that they don’t enjoy. I’m not here to say what should be or should not be done, if anything, that’s what makes people run away from the concept of healthy eating and nutrition. This is why, in the following post, I’ve compiled a short list of concepts that all revolve around the same idea: that eating is a mindful affair.
1. Diets don’t really exist
Yup, I said it. As a future dietician, I went there. Don’t get me wrong though, I know some people are on diets to help them lose weight or gain weight or whatever, but these rarely last. A real “diet” is when you change your lifestyle. I know, I know, you’ve probably heard this a million times. Well, it’s simply true! So how does one change their eating habits?? By finding foods that are healthy, delicious and most importantly that they love. If you’re constantly told oatmeal is the right thing to eat in the morning, but you hate it with all your might, then don’t eat the oatmeal!!
2. Eat what you want
No, seriously people, eat. what. you. want. Think about a time where you went cold turkey on a food, let’s say sugar. How did that end up for you? Maybe it worked, but maybe it didn’t. A lot of the times, if we completely restrict ourselves from a food, we want it more! It’s all about balance. I eat sugar everyday, as most of us do. I just try to be mindful about it, if I ate sweets throughout the day, then my dessert at supper will be toned down to more natural sources of sugar, like fruits for example.
3. Cravings are controllable (sometimes 😉 )
Yes, I have those cravings that are just unreal, like the one mentioned in my last post. However, a lot of the times, cravings are mental. The better you get at controlling them, the less often they will happen. It’s important to find foods that are a bit healthier but can help you with your cravings. For me, my cravings are ALWAYS sugar, especially after supper. Over time, I tried cutting back on dessert, and it seemed to have worked. There are days where I don’t even think of having dessert, which used to be a rare occurrence for me. When I do crave dessert, I will usually go for higher fat percentage yogurt (some are as velvety as ice cream, trust me), a few squares of dark chocolate, or fruits with whip cream. Other times, I will just have dessert (my mom bakes a lot, so trust me, it’s hard to resist).
Many people say that you are what you eat, and I couldn’t agree more. If you eat a balanced diet, you will most likely feel great! And I mean, I’m not the only one who thinks that, like Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.
And now, I’m intrigued to know, what are you favorite craving busters?