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The Secret of Diets

I hate diets. 

The secret of diets is that they don’t work.

the secret of diets

But before we throw our kale leaves out the window and our blender in the bin. Let’s just hold up for 1 teaspoon of a second. 

I’m not into diets or overhauls or 30 days fixes, although they can have some merit.. read on and let me explain. 

There’s so much information out there and so much ‘well to do’ advice, we end up with what I like to call a ‘too much information blockage’.

So much information
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A lot of it conflicting (to eat grains or not to eat grains.. anyone?)
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Leaving us with a lot of half baked ideas and knowledge in our head that confuses us. Causing ZERO ACTION TAKING. 

This situation renders us paralysed from moving forward and in most cases we move backwards. You may become cynical about eating well at all and opt for anything but. Or, following labels at your supermarket that claim to be ‘ whole food’  or ’98% fat free’ or ‘gluten free’.  You ignore the long unreadable ingredients list, trying to do good for your body, but actually causing more harm. This is not a good place to be. 

Lesson 1:

Knowledge is power.

So I’m sure you’ve heard of all or some of these popular diets:

paleo, the Zone diet, vegetarian diet, vegan diet, raw food diet, Mediterranean diet, high protein low carb diet, gluten free, macrobiotic diet, sugar free.

Yes these are all diets. Some have made celebrity status and others live on under the surface level of life with the other hundreds of diets out there. 

Since the new health apocalypse  there’s a lot more health chatter online and a lot more rules. Within 3 scrolls of my Facebook homepage, I see:

“the best breakfast for weightloss”

“5 steps to an inflammation free diet”

“the paleo diet cooking rules to follow”

“dairy free coffee ‘creamer’ alternatives”

“why I’ll never eat meat again.”

Conflicting much? 

Every man and his dog is toting their beliefs, what’s worked for them and why it will work for you too. Their diet may work for you, yes. It may not work for you too and that’s OK.

Lesson 2:

We are all made up differently.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

One man’s poison is another man’s cure.

And it’s totally true. It’s not that what these diet advocates are saying is wrong. In most cases they’re based on sound research.  And there is proof too. Proof that their diet works.

But there can be a lot of rules. A lot of overhauling, while in the background we don’t fully understand why the diet works at all and instead of doing research. We spend our time searching for the gluten free isle at the supermarket (ps: skip this isle). Again, I’ll say it..

Knowledge is power.

Do your research.

While each of these diets is toting a different way of eating, there’s a few things they all agree on and I agree too.

Eat an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables each and every day. 

Eat whole foods that are nutrient dense. 

Skip preservatives.

Skip processed sugars.

Personally. Some days I’m vegan. Others I’m paleo. Others I’m meat eating. Others I’m dairy free. Others I’m gluten free. I follow what feels right at the time, what’s in my fridge and what energises me. 

So, what does Lunch Lady Lou eat?  I like to call it the REAL FOOD DIE and this is what the lunches I create are aligned to. 

Eat an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables each and every day. 

Eat whole foods that are nutrient dense. 

Skip preservatives.

Skip processed sugars.

Eat the rainbow.

Eat with the seasons.

Eat what makes you feel loved, happy and warmed (definitely important in winter).

And a few bonus tips… 

Listen to your body. Take note of what makes you feel great and what makes you feel ‘burgh’. This will get easier over time. 

Read the ingredients label when you buy packaged food. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients  OR  the first ingredients isn’t what you’re buying then put it back.  Eg: if you’re buying rice crackers. the first ingredient should be rice (and not much else needs to be added at all). 

 

So what’s your first few steps in creating a diet that works for you? 

Experiment. 

Become aware of ingredients and that they’re not all made equally. 

Learn to cook if you need to.

Find blog posts that interest you and recipes that are easy to make and follow.

Buy food from reputable makers, get to know these people. They hold a lot of valuable information that they’re more than willing (and excited) to share with you.. if you ask. 

Fail. It’s OK to fail. While you’re there, reframe your failures as lesson. Experiment, learn, fail and repeat. 

Don’t stop.

Keep going. 

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