What side are you on? I don’t buy into these concepts around food that separate us into camps and make us wonder what the best side to take is. I’ve been researching the weight loss and diet world for a long time now. There’s always some type of movement emerging overnight around health, weight loss, and dieting. Why not accept all these different eating styles and not judge?
The Diet Separation in the Weight Loss World
I found there are 2 main reasons for this.
- The ego – the desire to be right or have the sense that you’re right, to be heard, and to be significant.
- Uncertainty – there is a lot of uncertainty in this domain with all the scientific studies and testimonials from people. And that uncertainty is attacked by most through a sense of individual uncertainty that they believe can be ignored or discarded just by focusing on a specific diet and believing that that is the ultimate diet.
With that said, I don’t buy it. There’s also a middle way (not many people talk about it) and there’s also your way.
It’s alright to belong to a camp/community/society, but how about you decide to find your own way?
Skills and Strategies to Assess your Diet and Get more Energy
To do that you need a series of skills and strategies. One of these skills is patience and the strategy that you use is experimenting.
You don’t just start experimenting with everything that you find out there but what you most resonate with.
Here are 2 ways to start experimenting on your terms:
The Journaling and Interpreting Strategy
- take a look at your current diet. write down what you eat in the course of 2 days. while you’re doing this, write down how you feel after each meal, in the morning, evening and throughout the day
- using the data collected in the first 2 days, move meals around and see if how you feel changes
- then, you go deeper and start replacing foods, one at a time, removing, adding, combining, not combining
The Ask your Body Strategy
- ask yourself powerful questions before and after each meal: Do I really want to eat? Is the food that I’m going to eat nourishing? Do I feel full, satisfied or still hungry? Do I still have the energy to go for a walk?
- collect the information and adjust depending on your answers
What strategy would you say most appeals to you and which one are you going to start with? I personally like the second one because you get to know yourself better by simply asking questions and taking the mind in tune with the body.