Did you ever notice the first three letters of the word diet spell DIE? Because that’s what you feel like is happening to you after a few days on anyone one of the crazy new fad diets.
If I hear about one more outlandish, unreasonable diet, I may lose something but it won’t be weight. Just to name a few there are: all liquid diets, macrobiotic diets, high protein diets, no carb diets, all carb diets, alkaline diets, lectin free diets, gluten free diets, vegan diets, non-GMO, vegetarian diets, all organic diets, grass fed meat diets, cookie diets, (okay, that one I might be ok with), clean eating diets (also in full support of those, eating with dirty hands, on dirty plates in dirty places is not a good idea and this diet is easy just wash up before you eat and voila, you are eating clean). On top of all the diet craziness we have the food videos out there to scare the appetite out of all of us about the things that happen to our food supply before it reaches our tables.
The list could go on and on and get more and more confusing and even scary. But here’s the thing life is WAY to short to become obsessed with our diet. One day a study says a certain food will surely kill us and the next month a new study says that same food will actually cure us of all our ailments. The stress we can cause ourselves over what to eat and what not to eat can probably be as bad for us as the so called bad food.
What I think is that we should focus on being moderate in everything and realistic about food. Eat things that are real, even better try growing some of your own food! But I say, eat a little bit of everything meat, veggies, fruits, grains and yes even dessert. I refuse to get caught up in the obsession of what I do or do not eat. I will just be smart and try to eat more of the good stuff than the not as good. Simple things like drinking water and getting out and enjoying exercise everyday may go a lot further towards our good health then living on acorns and wild greens. Because honestly, lets be real, who is actually going to eat a diet that has little flavor or variety and makes life way harder than it needs to be for the rest of their lives.
There is no magic diet that will make us immortal. We are all going to face death, no matter how super strict we ate. I am not saying live on fast food, cookies, soda and chips, but we are all smart enough to figure out a realistic eating plan that makes sense. We don’t need to go over the top with it.
Cook real food and enjoy it with family and friends. Have a date night with your special someone at your favorite diner and eat the burger!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a health care professional or a dietician. I just think eating should be a part of life that brings enjoyment and fellowship and should not be a source of stress!