Diets. Resolutions. Food fads. Healthy living. What does it all mean to you? Jamie from Minnesota Girl in L.A. is here to tell you what she thinks.
First, today, I feel like a little school girl because it’s that moment you’ve been waiting for – meaning I am guest posting on KludgyMom!!! I have been such a fan of Gigi’s since I first came onto the blogging scene a little over a year ago so thanks for having me over at your place today.
Second, what’s the topic for today? Let’s talk Diets, Those Crazy Fads, New Year’s Resolutions, and just eating healthy.
I’m going to start off by saying, “I absolutely hate the name “diet.” I just hate it. I also hate the fact that every January, after the holidays, people are instantly wanting to get motivated, eat more healthy, and diet to only find, weeks later, that they’ve already forgotten about their new found self.
So, speaking of that, we’re about 2 1/2 weeks into the New Year. How many of us have made a resolution of eating healthier, watching our food intake, and/or leading a more healthy lifestyle? How has that been going?
For me, I made the resolution of putting more produce into my meals. I almost said diet then erased it because I really hate that word. Well, have I put more produce into my meals? When I’m at the grocery store I spend a lot more time in the produce aisles so I chalk that up to being a good thing, however, when it comes to actually making the meals, that’s when it gets harder.
I say about once or twice a week I actually make that good wholesome meal with the produce included. I’ve also begun baking a bit more and trying out different recipes I never would have tried before with more produce items: Clementines, Red Currants, and more. So yes, it’s a work in progress.
However, with any change we make, it has to be genuine. We have to put the effort into it. We can’t just simply say, “I’m going to work out more,” then never get ourselves off the couch. Hey, I’ve said those things, I’ve done it too. It comes down to knowing ourselves, and knowing what motivates us.
The hardest part is that first step: meaning, the actual change. Once we begin making it a routine, it only gets easier and easier. But we are human, and we tend to go back to what’s comfortable for us.
A year ago, I did go out and get a gym membership, and I would go about twice a week to the gym just to swim. I watched as I started I could only do a few laps, but every time I went I pushed myself to do more, and it only got easier until I made the decision to leave the gym. Needless to say, the last time I went swimming was the day I decided to leave the gym. See how that works?
So, back to why I hate the word “diet.” When I hear the term diet, or observe how people treat a “diet,” I tend to go a little batty. A diet doesn’t mean we go out and starve ourselves nor does it mean we go out and try the newest diet fad. Those diet crazes drive me batty. Really? Is it really healthy to be eating meat three times a day with nothing else? Is it really healthy to fill ourselves up with a bunch of food one day then the next three days starve ourselves because we’re doing a cleanse? Is it healthy to cut out all carbs?
See, when we write it out, it sounds just as batty, doesn’t it? All I’m trying to say is that when it comes to “dieting” and comes to “taking care of ourselves” it’s all about what we’re putting into our systems and portion control.
A few weeks ago I found this awesome quote that said, “Instead of cutting out things in our diet, how about adding in things that are healthier for us?” Isn’t that the best quote ever? And that’s what I think a diet should be about; an evaluation of what we are putting into our systems, and reevaluating our portion control. Are we eating enough produce? Are we eating the food items that are good for us? Are we going back for seconds every time we have a meal? Those are the questions we should be asking ourselves instead of cutting out all the bad.
If you like sugar, there should be no reason to torture ourselves by banning it from our systems completely, instead, limit it to one day a week, and on that day, indulge a little.
If you’re like me, and love your carbs, why would you take it out of your system completely? Again, it’s about recognizing how often you’re eating the carbs, and to limit yourself from having it every day, and begin adding in those healthier options.
So, the next time you tell yourself you’re going on a diet, stop yourself a minute, and ask yourself, how you’re handling it. Are you cutting everything out, and then weeks later, wondering why you’re so moody because you gave up all the things you loved?
Going on a diet is a way for us to reevaluate our eating habits, our lifestyle, and making the needed changes to lead a healthier lifestyle, not to drive ourselves crazy.
Jamie was born and raised in Minnesota until two years ago when she left it all behind to head to California and give love a chance. On her blog, “Minnesota Girl in LA” she writes about her adventures around LA, wine, art, photography and the occasional review. She recently started a food blog entitled “MN Girl Baking” to get her back into the kitchen to explore new ways of baking.