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Dieting: An ordinary myth or not?

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For majority of my younger years, I was always on some “diet”. These were not commercial diets, but crazy ideas I thought to incorporate into the way I eat. None of them ever stuck!

Most diets are temporary, created to achieve a goal, and then abandoned. A majority of commercial diets can’t be sustained over a long period without resulting in health complications. The reason being they were never intended to sustain you for extended periods or a lifetime. So why bother?

My alternative to “dieting” is eating healthy. Most have heard the slogan, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”, that’s my policy. Anything that can’t sustain you for your lifetime is probably not healthy or beneficial.

Healthy eating is not a one size fits all. For anything to stick, it has to be tailored to you. At the same time, we have to make certain decisions cause it’s what’s best for us. I’ll give an example.

In my teens, I wasn’t big on water or vegetables, and now, I can’t get enough. I had preconceived notions about both items, which cause me to stay clear of them. The transition occurred when I decided to take back the reins of my life.

So often we let others opinions, or unnecessary inhibitions keep us from living an optimal life. In regards to drinking water, I honestly can’t remember how or when the switch happened. However, I know I prefer drinking water out of bottles or closed containers than a cup. Chances are if you bumped into me, I’d have a bottle on me. & No, always having a bottle on you does not make you a child. This way I’m able to drink water the way I like, have it available whenever, and drink as much as I want.

In terms of vegetables, the issue was I never liked the taste or texture of vegetables cooked for me. I began cooking my food and everything changed. I found ways to both cook and spice up vegetables, making it palatable for me.

The summary of it all, choose a healthy lifestyle, not a diet. Get rid of preconceived notions. Find a way to make a healthy lifestyle work for YOU!

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NAI is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Dietetics; she holds a Masters degree in Public Health (Health Behavior) from the University of Kentucky and a Maternal & Child Health cerification. She is on a mission to foster healthy behaviors in her "little corner” and is a proud member of various Health and Nutritional bodies including the American Public Health Association (APHA), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and School Nutrition Association (SNA).