Why I Hate the Word Diet

Before I get into why I hate the word diet, I want to give a huge shout out to Perfect Fit Gear co-owner, Anita Swole for having me on her podcast, Balancing Act.  You can access the podcast through this link.  I also want to give a huge shout out to her sister, Camile Swole for summing up what was discussed during the podcast:

“Anita interviewed a soon-to-be first time competitor. Her website is bunnyflexfit.com Her definition of success will not be a trophy or a place, but her success will be the transformation her body goes through during this process. She plans on competing in the 2019 Mr. and Mrs. Natural Minnesota Bodybuilding Competition on May 24th and 25th.

“-Thinking about nutrition serving as the prevention of diseases, not just flavors of food.
– Thinking about exercise as a way to combat depression or anxiety instead of just a requirement to low body fat.”

These were the two biggest takeaways I got from listening to this weeks episode of Sowle Sisters Balancing act where Anita flew solo this episode when she talked to first-time competitor Annie Rathman!

This was SO fun to listen to for me! I actually related to her viewpoint SO much. I wish other bikini competitors would also shift focus on certain aspects of competing. They touch on
– Definition of a successful prep
– Nah- Sayers
– Getting offended
– The effects of fitness in other ways than vanity
-Thinking about nutrition serving as the prevention of diseases, not just flavors of food.
– Thinking about exercise as a way to combat depression or anxiety instead of just a requirement for low body fat.
– Life happens
-Intuitive Eating

Make to check out Annies blog she mentioned in the episode!
bunnyflexfit.com/2019/01/18/how-f…owerful-emotion/” – Camille Swole

Check out the rest of their podcasts on SoundCloud

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Now, onto my definition of the word diet.

Hate is a strong word, I guess I shouldn’t say I hate the word “diet”. I would say I do hate the negative connotation with this word.

Diet, has a few different definitions within Merriam-Webster’s dictionary:

diet

noun

di·​et | \ ˈdī-ət  \

Definition of diet

afood and drink regularly provided or consumed
diet of fruits and vegetables
a vegetarian diet
bhabitual nourishment
links between diet and disease
cthe kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
was put on a low-sodium diet
da regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight
going on a diet

 

As I read through those definitions, what sticks out to me is the definition about how the diet is set for a definitive period of time. I feel this connotation, sets up a lot of people for failure. For example, “21-Day Fix,” how do you think you will truly make a lifestyle change and create a habit that will keep with you for the rest of your life, in 21 days? I’m not saying this diet is not effective, but it has something in common with other diets. Think about: Atkins, Zone, Keto, insert new fad diet program here. What does all of these “diets” have in common? It makes you focused, and consider what you eat before it enters your mouth. After you hit your goal of say about a 15 pound weight loss, most people think they deserve a treat, and slowly but surely go back to the way they were used to eating, and gain MORE weight back than they originally had!

This type of yo-yo dieting is not great for your body physically, and mentally. It creates this mind set of guilt with food, and a mind set of “oh I’d be much more happier, successful, a better person if I lost 15 pounds” or “I am a failure since I ate a donut”. This type of mental guilt breeds eating disorders and overtraining.

Why don’t we shift our mindset and instead of saying “I am going on a diet” to “I am creating a lifestyle change to become healthier”. The latter suggestion states your why, and shows it isn’t for a finite period of time. I think this type of answer would defeat any type of naysayer telling you that you do not need to diet.

I like Whole30’s approach of defeating naysayers, you tell them you’re doing a 30 day experiment to understand how to nourish your body properly. What is the person that says, “look at you being healthy” going to say to that?

There is no “quick fix” to lifestyle changes and becoming physically fit. It is feeding into out instant gratification culture and society, but unfortunately body composition change is driven through hard work, and consistent dedication. Body composition change does not come from a short, finite period of time.

 

Thanks for listening to my rant. I think this is an important message for people to understand you can’t just drink Slimfast for 3 weeks and keep the weight off for the rest of your life.

Quiet consistency is how you drive change, and become your best self physically and mentally.

With gratitude, thank you so much for reading. Please comment on your thoughts about the word diet and your definition.

Tough Love

Day 11 of Whole30 – Day #2 of “The Hardest Days” of Whole30. They say day 10 and 11 are the hardest days because it is statistically proven if you quit your Whole30, it is most likely to be on day 10 or 11. There usually isn’t any type of instant gratification when it comes to Whole30. By day 10 & 11, you are pretty invested, you have been significantly changing your lifestyle for about a week and a half, and many people don’t see or feel results. Many people will even step on the scale during this time and get upset that the number hasn’t gone down, and it may have even went up!

One thing I really love about Whole30 is their concept of tough love. Yes Whole30 is hard, but it is not that hard. To quote their tough love (hyperlinked above),

“We know this is hard.

It may not be as physically challenging as birthing a baby or as emotionally draining as the death of a loved one, but changing the way you think about food is hard.” (Whole30 Tough Love).

We look to food when we are happy and celebrating things, when we are sad and need comfort, when we are exhausted and have had a long day, we believe we need some sort of treat to wind down because we deserve it. How do we start changing the way we think about food? We need to start thinking about it in a different way other than just a way to cope with our emotions or the way we feel. I’m not saying to not enjoy and celebrate the food your eating, but to come up with other ways to cope with your emotions.

Yesterday, I had a rough day. I had a long day at work, and then was told some troubling news about my Grandfather. All I wanted to really do is to sit down and have a glass of wine. What I did instead? I enlisted help from my friends and had a friend come over, talk, and hang out. Talking about the things I was dealing with provided me an outlet to process my emotions, rather than eating them.

When we are seeking comfort or relaxation, we need to find a different way to cope rather than taking the tub of cookies and cream ice cream out of the freezer. The way I decided to cope last night was not only keeping me Whole30 compliant, but it was a way for me to talk through and process how I feel. What if we could remove food from the way we deal with our emotions, and then cope with them in a positive way?

This is a big reason why Whole30 says it can change your life. You are changing your relationship with food. You’re breaking your emotional barriers/ties/associations with food. Something I’m actually very excited about is a new purchase. This purchase will elevate a way I cope with emotions and relax. I purchased a bath “caddy” where I can put a book/candle/La Croix/whatever I want to use as I “treat my self” to some relaxation. I plan on using it tonight. If you’re interested, here’s the one I bought (please know this is not an affiliate link, I do not retain any kickback from posting this). However when I opened it up last night, I can attest to the high quality of the material.

I know there’s a wine glass holder, and trust me, I’ll definitely be putting a wine glass in there tonight. However, I will be filling it with bubbly water. I will still feel like I’m “treating” myself because I am using a fancy glass.

SIDE BAR – I also just purchased a yearly subscription to Headspace, which is a guided meditation app. Day 2 of my guided meditation, and it is going well. I’ll be using this app when I am relaxing in the tub tonight for sure. I try to meditate in the morning after I workout. Here’s what today’s meditation left me with:

I think meditation will really help once I start my nutrition prep for my bodybuilding show. Tough love and meditation, that is what will get me though. Oh, and I get by with a little help from my friends. Happy Friday everyone!