When the word diet is mentioned, most people that have a need for a lifestyle change often cringe. Does this mean that diet is a four letter word? When I’ve told people that I have a new Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification that allows me to not only suggest diet choices but also write meal plans, I’ve had people quickly either change the subject or figure that the “ideal” healthy food is something that tastes like cardboard and therefore not something that they want any part of.
To clarify what the diet portion of my program is and what it does for most people, I help people understand what signals that their body sends them. I also help people understand that the “diet foods” such as low fat or non-fat foods actually contain ingredients that not only can harm you but can actually cause you to gain weight. Eating foods that contain some natural fat is not only good for you but essential to helping your body function properly.
I have people focus on the signals their body is sending, not the amount of calories that they eat. The calorie focus is completely overdone for two reasons. First, most of the calorie restricted diets are for the masses and only work for a small population while the rest suffer from either not getting enough food or not getting enough results. The second reason is the types of foods (and the ingredients in those foods) are not as high a priority as they should be.
The types of food I’m talking about when helping clients with weight loss, energy improvement and other such enhancements are the natural food most people think are bad for you. These include (not necessarily in the same meal) steak, eggs, and butter just to name a few. The biggest key to understand is to be able to interpret the signals your body sends you and to get high quality foods. Remember, not all food is created equal.