There are so many questions when it comes to food, losing weight, what to eat and how much to eat. The word, "diet," has become something with such a stigma attached. Diets lead us to think about everything that we must restrict from the pleasure of eating and the absence of indulgences. It's time to set the record straight and remove the stigma.
By definition, diet actually comes from the Greek word, "lifestyle." It's not a temporary fast, a speedy solution to health, nor a way to safely shed pounds for the betterment of your body. It is creating a style of life that makes you the best version of yourself by putting things in your body that were made for your nourishment and enjoyment.
In its essence, its natural state, food is just what it needs to be. The solution to living well, being healthy, maintaining a comfortable weight and feeling good is simple: Eat real food. You don't have to skip meals or put yourself on crazy restrictions to be in your best shape. Just eat naturally. Eating carbs, protein and fats (yes, fats!!) is a great combination for a satiated you.
Being healthy doesn't mean finding hard-to-navigate recipes or cutting off all of the fatty parts of your meat. It just means getting real with your food. The KISS phrase, "Keep It Simple, Stupid," is a great one to keep in mind when you eat. Because after all, simplicity is bliss, right?
Here's a little taste of bliss:
· Eggs, chorizo and avocado with a big bowl of strawberries for breakfast
· Bacon-wrapped chicken, sweet potatoes and a handful of cashews or almonds for lunch
· A cut of sirloin (sub salmon or another fish, grilled chicken or roasted turkey, ribeye or another tasty red meat treat), butternut squash, asparagus for dinner with a scoop or two of nut butter for dessert
Yes, it's that easy.
You don't have to skimp out on your food, rather replace it with more of the real stuff. Replace processed foods with fresh foods. Instead of cereal, indulge in bacon, eggs and blueberries. Rather than keying in on calories, fat and sugar when you're making purchases in the store, focus on the ingredients label - if there are more than five ingredients on the label, it is likely that it won't make your gut very happy. Shop the perimeters of your grocery store. It's more about eating real than eating less. Remember - dieting is living a lifestyle that can make you the best version of yourself. It's time to get real.
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