Why is it that as soon as you go on a ‘diet’, ‘bad’ foods become so glaringly obvious? You start to notice them everywhere: for example, I’m currently writing this on a train, and the woman opposite me is tucking into a bag of Cadbury Twirl Bites. Usually I wouldn’t even look up from my book; but, because I’m being a bit stricter with myself, the rustling caught my attention, and now I’m tempted to nick one (or six) when she’s not looking.
I know that ‘everything should be eaten in moderation’, but I can’t just have one- I’ll have a taste of something, and then end up devouring the whole bag. And I know I’m not alone in this: the amount of times I hear ‘no thanks, I’m on a diet’ (before the speaker stares wistfully at what they’ve just turned down) is just ridiculous.
Then I watched this video (can you tell I’m a bit of a YouTube addict?). If you skip to 12.35 minutes, the girl says that she views food on their nutritional benefit, rather than what they taste like. This is something that had never really occurred to me before: of course, I’ve become a stickler for labels, scanning the backs of packets for the saturated fat content and such; but I’ve always viewed ‘diet food’ as the ‘boring’ option, something I have to eat rather than want to. Put it this way, I’ve never had an apple in my hand and thought about how much it will benefit my body compared to a packet of mini eggs.
I’m aware that this sounds ridiculous, but thinking about all the nutrient-dense foods I can have whilst healthy eating is so much easier than thinking about those that I can’t have. All the sugar and other shite that they pack processed foods with seems to pale in comparison to fresh, whole foods that I know will benefit my body, inside and out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never going to be able to become a sugar/dairy/gluten free Goddess, but it’s a million times easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you focus on the positives and not the negatives.
Give the video a watch, and let me know what you think of this concept. I’d love to know your tips for keeping up a healthy lifestyle!