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[Health & Nutrition] The D Word

That’s right, I'm starting a diet. It seems like such a dirty word but I'm gonna use it! I figured with the addition of exercise to my life and my goal to lose weight, I should really consider eating properly.

I guess it’s really more of a permanent change than an actual diet, which tends to imply something short-term. I'm slowly cutting out highly processed, high glycemic index foods and adding in more of the good stuff. It's going to be a challenge for me since I really do tend to crave fatty, salty foods but I figure I'll be doing myself a big favour and there's plenty of healthy alternatives to choose from. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of foods that are low to moderate on the glycemic index scale.

I was sure that I was going to open the book I got about the G.I. and find a whole lot of foods weren't allowed but that’s not the case. Pasta is okay, just cook it al dente so it doesn’t break down too much. Choose whole grain foods (duh) instead of white/refined foods (again duh). Most fruits and veggies are low G.I. but some do break down into sugar faster, so chose those less often and choose the lower G.I. foods more. It’s all sensible stuff and well laid out in this book so that I can print of grocery lists and recipe ideas if I want.

I only really got the book to provide me with some motivation and good clear guidelines. A lot of it is pretty straightforward but something about having it laid out there in black and white is really helpful. The fact that it has weekly grocery lists for the meal plans is also a nice perk!

It’s not going to be easy for me. I’ve started and stopped “healthy eating” plans so many times I can’t even remember. The main thing to remember is to go easy on myself. I want to get it perfect right away and I think if I keep in mind that even eating a properly balanced meal once a week is a step in the right direction. Just like the gym, I’ll probably find that once a week will quickly turn into two or three times a week and next thing I know I’ll actually be wanting to eat better!
Diet
–noun
1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
2. a particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.
3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I'm on a diet.
4. the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
5. food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
6. anything that is habitually provided or partaken of: Television has given us a steady diet of game shows and soap operas.

The whole "dieting" to lose weight thing is only one of the definitions of diet. Just consider it mindful eating. Attention and care given to what you use as fuel for your body. Etc. Diet doesn't have to be a dirty word. I'd just figure out what you want your new diet to consist of instead of "dieting". :)