I’ve always had the view of dieting being quite restrictive, and I get that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I mention that word. It’s been a word I’ve used for a lifetime, and I believe it started before the transition to a teenager.
I didn’t have an upbringing that encourages eating healthy. Therefore, it was my responsibility to start forming habits based on my dietary needs, which would become most enjoyable long term. When you think about the so-called “diet” in that sense, it becomes something you can develop into a plan that’s not restrictive but nourishing and vital to leading the best possible life.
When you decide to follow a particular nutritional plan (as I don’t use the word diet anymore), there are many things I first consider. It depends on the following:
- Why I want to change my nutritional plan
- What short term goals I want to achieve
- What restrictions I need to put in place for my nutritional needs
- Allergies, food intolerances and any illnesses
- Long term, what do I hope to get out of this plan
I always make sure I sit down with my laptop and start typing out what I want. I make sure that it’s an unambiguous representation and that I’ve exhausted the wants and needs to make the change. This brings up a lot of emotion for me, and anything you plan to do back with high levels of emotion will serve you well and pull you through those tough times ahead.
Things may change
As you go along, your lifestyle nutritional plan can change. What does that mean? Perhaps you’ve lost all the weight you wanted to, and now you want to tone up and build some muscle. Maybe you’ve become so fit that your next goal is to run a marathon or take up a sport of some kind. All of these factors mean you may need to tweak your nutritional plan. That’s all going to depend on your particular goal — but usually, you can instil the help of a personal trainer, naturopath or nutritionist. I would personally visit a naturopath, as they can provide you with alternative herbal medicine that will assist your goals. I have a particular nutritional, herbal remedy that assists with gut candida and helps me eliminate many digestive…