Okay, be honest. How many diets have you actually tried? One, two … for most people, two would be how many they’ve tried just this month alone. We have all tried the hottest fad diet. You can eat as much as you want, but only between the hours of 11am and 2pm. Eat all the bacon you want and still lose weight. Don’t like veggies, no problem!
All these fad diets are just that … fads. When’s the last time your kid turned down a new iPad for the hottest new Hula Hoop? In fact, the only time kids mention hula hoop are to say there is an App for that now. My motto when it comes to diets is this:
If you diet, you will die at it.
So, when it comes to food, I tend not to focus on what not to eat, but take a more positive approach on what to eat that will bring joy. I don’t approach food with dread. Rather, I see the foods I want to eat and if I want to eat it, I eat it. Not a mind-blowing approach at all, but it’s amazing how so many people talk themselves into a bad mood about a food choice. “Oh, I shouldn’t have eaten that.” “I can’t believe I ate so much.” “I just can’t control myself when it comes to donuts” or my personal favorite because it use to be one of the things I would say, “I can’t just eat one donut.”
I believe this approach to food is much more healthy than trying to run from certain foods and denying ourselves on a daily basis. Hiding from cakes and cookies. Avoiding chips and treats. Don’t let a bag of potato chips control your life — I see a future for you walking down the grocery store chip aisle and exercising your self-control. And the sooner we can accept this simple biblical truth that we are more than conquerors, we can all start enjoying rather than dreading.
Now that I’m off my soapbox, let’s be “full” … joyful, mindful, and thankful. Taking a joyful approach to food will allow us to relax, make mindful decisions, and ultimately be thankful.
In this section, you will find that I am very joyful. Very, very joyful which is a nice way of saying I eat a lot! And occasionally, I find new foods that get on my radar. Snack foods that are high in protein and low in calorie. Main dishes that are low in calorie and high in taste. Protein snacks that are better options between meals and before runs.
So remember … continue to be “full” and maybe you’ll find some new food options that become a part of your new diet, I mean meal plan.