For a while now one of the most prominent health trends has been dieting. In some form or another people have been tweaking and altering short term to long term regimens that are meant to help lose weight, fight illness, or simply improve lifestyle. The underlying problem with these trends has been consistency.
When most people try out a diet, they are doing so for the short term. Whether that be a week or 3 months, they will most likely return to their original eating habits. This is a fad, not a diet. When you feel excited and pumped up about this new habit you've enlisted for help, it is usually replaced by the feeling of annoyance or frustration. It may be from wanting to eat the foods you ate before, from craving sugar, or simply from a standpoint of ease, but this all describes a fad. A short term enthusiasm over something that many people have also invested themselves in. In the end however, these fads do not last, nor are they a diet.
A diet is the amalgam of all the foods you eat consistently. These foods you have been eating for more than months, if not years. They constitute the make up of your micro biome, your metabolism, brain health, skin health, cardiovascular health, and just about any function in your body. We truly are the food we eat because every bit of it is used throughout our body. The current problem facing a great number of us today is the quality of the food we ingest.
Most food that is available to Americans today is processed. In one way or another the ingredients of this product have been modified for mass production. What this means is that the ingredients, additives, and the packaging of the food itself is suspect. However, most of us won't bat an eye before eating anything falling under this description. In fact a great deal of us prefer it. The issue with these kind of foods is not resting entirely upon what ingredients have been used in it, but also on our perception of them.
When we have a hard time discerning foods that are healthy from foods that are unhealthy, the problem is larger than the food itself. The problem is our mentality over food as a whole. Rather than being a source of sustenance that we need to survive, food has become a past time. We eat for pleasure, special occasions, to relieve stress, to cope with pain, etc. This creates an imbalance in our diet because it has become an open buffet line.
Diet is meant to be a way for us to regulate and govern our bodies. We control the input, thus we control the output. This mentality gives us the power to take control over our bodies, minds, and lifestyle. Rather than being a slave to desire and eating whenever you feel like it, it is important to moderate. Be the master of your desire, and take control of your energy and thoughts. Once we can do this we can control how we are going to feel mentally, how our skin reacts to our diet, how our metabolism fluctuates with the foods we eat, and so on.
Take control of your diet so you can take control of your lifestyle. Food is a way for us to power our bodies, not a way to pleasure ourselves. If we want to maintain a healthy weight, balanced mental state, and boosted metabolism, we have to be disciplined about our eating. So the next time you want to change your eating habits remember to approach it as a diet, not a fad.