Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of my blog is to share my journey. As you will read in this post, health looks different for everyone, so do your own research and find what woks for YOU.
Diet Mentality vs Health Mentality
Diet and health are two different things. Diet culture has tried to convince people that they are the same thing.
Diet culture tells you that you are healthy by being on a diet, when in fact it is generally just the opposite. A diet is not heath.
Being on a diet does not make you healthy. Studies have proven time and time again that diets do not work.
Diets Do Not Work
People go on diets for all different reasons. Some go on diets to become healthy, while others go on diets to change their appearance.
Here is the thing, no matter what your reasoning is for going on your diet, it is more than likely not going to work and will ultimately leave you less healthy than when you started.
Diets often cause a yoyo cycle in people which leaves their hormones in havoc and not only causes distress on their physical health, but also their mental and emotional health.
Mental and Emotional Health
Mental and emotional health are usually not considered when people go on diets, but both of them have a major impact on your overall health.
People go on diets hoping to improve their physical health, only to completely forfeit their mental and emotional health.
When you are constantly restricting foods and then feeling bad when you give in and eat the “forbidden” food; you are destroying your mental and emotional health, which is ultimately connected to your physical health.
Being content and having a positive outlook on life is going to do more for your health then going on an unrealistic diet that leaves you feeling bad about yourself when you cannot maintain it.
Trust Your Body
Overall, the best decision you can make for your mental, physical, and emotional health is to get back to trusting your body. If you have been dieting for years and years like most people have this can take time.
It is a process to retrain your mind that your amazing body is capable of guiding you to the perfect “diet”. There is no one size fits all when it comes to diet. Each of us have different needs and if we will trust our bodies, they will guide us on what those needs are.
The needs will change from day to day. My body craved various things it needed while I was pregnant and then again through nursing. I am so thankful I was at a place of trusting my body throughout those times.
You CAN trust your body to help you navigate your diet each day. Make up your mind to break up with diet culture once and for all and get back to trusting your body. It will not fail you.