Diets are often associated with restrictions. This is why they are usually not successful methods of seeking health: they are not sustainable. However, the word diet is not bad in itself. One’s diet is simply what one consumes. So perhaps a more productive way to think about dieting is to consider ways to change it rather than sticking to one. Change does not necessarily mean restriction or sacrifice. It simply means change, and change can be good.
Favorites will not be lost
When people change their diet, it doesn’t have to be at the expense of what they like to eat. This may come as a surprise, but many meals can be modified and thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the best cooking substitutes available are similar to the original ingredients and the dish tastes just as good. It may take some trial and error to find the best substitute for recreating the word, but delicious alternatives are available and sure to be discovered.
New favorites will be discovered
Despite its reputation, a healthy diet does not have to lack taste and satisfaction. When people change their diet, they open up to a world of new foods and recipes. That means there will be fresh foods and recipes to love. Not only does changing your diet mean restriction, but opening up to opportunities to discover new favorite dishes and add foods and dishes to your recipe book.
Whole foods should be integrated
When cooking old favorites with new substitutes or preparing a new choice, one key to changing one’s diet depends on the fact that the new diet must consist of whole foods; whole foods make a big difference in the quality of food that is consumed. That’s because whole foods require preparation and can’t be taken out of a package or picked up at a drive-thru. The quality of what people ingest is directly related to its impact on their body.
Results that feel good
Committing to a new diet is not easy because change is not easy, and it takes time to discover substitutes and new recipes that will facilitate the change. But one factor that will make it easier to stay the course is that changing your diet inevitably results in feeling better. Doing something to lose isn’t usually a good incentive, but when people win, it’s easier to stay committed to what helped produce the gains. When people notice the improvement in how they feel when they have changed their diet, they will see that the changes in their diets have been worth it.
Change and restriction are not synonymous. When people change their diet, there is an adjustment period, but the challenge of the adjustment period will pay off in healthier meals, new foods and dishes to enjoy, and bodies that feel better. It is essential that people do not think of changing their diet in terms of what they have to lose, but what they have to gain because they have a lot to gain.