Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Importance of Putting "You" Back In Your Diet

On any given day and at any given time we are inundated with conflicting health and diet information. Each side touting the why's and how's of why their plan is superior to all others. Is Paleo the king? Is Vegan really the end all be all? Are vegetarians the middle ground? There is so much conflicting information and so many different points of view that it can be rather difficult in finding the right path for ourselves. The truth is, not one single plan will be right for all people. Some people will flourish on an all raw fruit and vegetable diet, while others will dwindle and have little success with that plan. Other people may do extremely well with the Paleo diet and see wonderful success while others will hit a wall and not attain the goals they were hoping for. The problem isn't lack of effort or that the plan or diet itself is wrong but rather that we are all so uniquely wired in DNA and gene structures that diets need to be tweaked and modified for our own unique needs.

So, in knowing that we are all different and have unique needs how does one go about creating a plan that is right for us? It all starts by really listening and getting in tune with our body and understanding what our body needs and our likes and dislikes when it comes to what we eat. If you are a person that LOVES to cook it might not be your best choice to take on the challenge of trying to eat and maintain a fully raw fruit and vegetable diet. That doesn't mean you can't take portions of that diet plan and implement it into your own plan, it just means that you wouldn't make your entire diet raw fruits and vegetables. You would tweak the plan to your unique needs by still implementing your love of cooking food and adding in elements of the raw fruits and vegetables. Essentially you would be adding "You" to your own diet plan by creating something that works for you individually and not what has worked for others. Again, I can't stress enough that what works for one will not work for everyone.

Having some common sense when creating a solid foundation for a diet plan is key to making it work for the long haul. Understanding that you can't drink soda all day and munch on chips and eat 4,000 calories in one meal is one aspect. But also learning how to properly prep and cook foods so they aren't heart attacks waiting to happen is yet another key to the puzzle. When creating a diet plan that is sensible, healthy and unique to individual needs some research and education is required. It isn't rocket science but it can get overwhelming and confusing if you are unsure of what a healthy diet foundation looks like. A varied diet full of lots of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables and good sources of proteins and good fats are great building blocks. Learning how to make healthier variations of some classic favorites is also another step in the right direction. The key to making your plan work for you is to keep the most important part of the plan at the center of it...YOU!

No matter how great a diet plan seems, if you are trying to force yourself to eat and do things you really aren't wanting to try it will not be sustainable. Learning and trying new things is important but not at the cost of yourself. By putting "you" back into your diet you essentially set yourself up for greater success then if you simply follow along someone else's diet plan.It is ok to take variations from other diets and implement them into your own plan. It is one of the points that makes having a varied diet so magical. It allows you to get a taste for other elements and learn what will work for you. So go ahead and experiment. Find out what you like and take the time to understand how your body reacts to certain foods. Take a sensible approach and take into account your personality, your food preferences and exercise options when creating a plan for yourself. But most of all, make sure you enjoy what ever direction you a wanting to go with your diet. Making the experience enjoyable is half the battle.

What do you do to make your diet individual to you? Any questions? Leave a comment and I will be sure to get back with you.

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