Subscribers to a popular health, gym and lifestyle newsletter were asked this question recently.
The most interesting responses boiled down to roughly:
- A particular food stuff restricted by the diet
Meaning, a food stuff they struggled to keep away from, which they would normally indulge in.
- The challenge of avoiding that food stuff
The emotion resulting in the eating of the aforementioned food stuff.
- What it meant to have had that food stuff
The feeling of failure or the resultant giving up after have violated the terms of the diet.
What we resist persists, our fixation on what we have decided to disallow makes it chaseus all the more. We focus too much attention on breaking old habits when the focus is better placed on creating new ones. We are much better at that.
We use other people’s definition of what it is to diet when the truth is that the word is simply a label. That label can be placed on what ever behaviors we choose when we
choose to use a label at all.
If we were to first list what a diet requires:
- Enough protein to maintain muscle
- Some healthy fats
- Lots of colourful veg
- Meals we look forward to eating
Then, what we require to make it a pleasure:
- Your favourite foods
- Your favourite meal
Then you defined diet as:
Eating to make yourself feel good.
Then challenge 1,2 and 3 have all suddenly disappeared.
Re-define what diet means and the struggle disappears.