We hear catch phrases like "mindful eating", "maintain a metabolic balance", "healthy-carb friendly", "acid-alkaline index", "a diet plan that actually works!" or my favorite: "eat as much as you want and still lose weight!" My point is that we are so inundated with diet related concepts, we can easily become confused between what really makes sense and what is media sponsored gibberish.
Dieting is actually pretty basic. The equation is: calories in minus calories out. Also, everyone alive is on a diet. the word means: what you eat. According to Dictionary.com:
di·et [dahy-it] noun, verb, -et·ed, -et·ing, adjective noun 1.food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
2.a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.
3.such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I'm on a diet. 4.the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
5.food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
My point is, often clients come to me upset because they "need to go on a diet". Through our sessions, they come to realize that we all are always on a diet. But if your needs change, the diet should be adjusted to accommodate the current needs. So while we eat health food, the decisions of what to eat are based on our knowledge of food health. The wonderful thing is, the more you know about how food impacts your health and well being, the more you can play with your food. I wish all of you a fun & festive time fueling your delicious health!
all best, Chef Bonita