I say, "Forget dieting." Diets don't work, at least not on a permanent basis. Usually. Not for me. And I'm happier without them.
You know the age-old wisdom that whenever you give something up, it's all you think about, right? Well, that's the way it works for me. Instead of giving up all your favorite foods and dieting, I suggest you eat real food that is satisfying and nourishing. And stop the weight loss/gain roller coaster.
For me, general dieting doesn't work. I've tried quite a few diets in my life. Weight Watchers, calorie counting, diabetic exchanges, cutting back, avoiding certain foods, diet counseling, South Beach Diet, and others. I lose some weight, but as soon as I stop the diet, the pounds creep back on. Does that happen to you, too?
Well, I have a solution for you.
Keep a food journal. And instead of dieting, stick to nourishing, satisfying whole foods. Combining these two ideas helps me avoid packing on the pounds. Because if I grab some crackers, sugar or simple carbs, I am never satisfied and just want to eat, eat, eat. I need real food, the kind with fiber that takes longer to digest and hit the blood stream.
Keep a Food Journal
What does help me eat better and stay healthy is to keep a daily food journal. In fact, I've developed a terrific food journal that gives you 90 daily log forms, along with research on how to determine if you have a food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance. It works like a charm for me. I write down what I eat and drink, how I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually, and keep track of all the details I need for doctor's appointments. And the best thing is, it's all in one place.
I couldn't find exactly what I needed, so I developed my own food journal: It Ain't Just The Diet Food Journal | A Daily Guide to Finding and Managing Your Food Allergies. The book is available in two sizes on Amazon.
How A Food Journal Helps
Before I started to keep a food journal, I had a lot of crazy health issues. I could never remember when a particular symptom started. You know how it is. One day you feel fine, and then you don't. Illness is insidious. It creeps up on you.
When you think back, your brain tells you you've always felt lousy. Or you start to feel better, and then you realize you haven't felt well in forever. With my food journal, I never have to wonder when the doctor asks me, "When did this symptom first start?" Because it's written in my book.
Now I want to give you the opportunity to take control of your health the way I did. Forget dieting. Get a copy of my new book and try something new. Figure out why you can't keep the weight off with the help of a food journal. Learn how I totally turned my health around and lost 40 pounds without dieting. In my memoir cookbook, you can read my whole, detailed story of sickness and my climb back to health. It's nothing short of miraculous!
Nourish Your Body & Soul
I encourage you to care of yourself by eating satisfying, nourishing food that is good for your body and makes you feel healthy. Protect your spirit by living authentically, moving your body, and taking time to replenish and rest. I think you might also like these recipes & posts from Recipe Idea Shop:
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Disclaimer: The author is not a health professional or nutritionist. She is offering her research and personal reflections about her health journey and is not providing any type of medical or nutritional advice. This post is for informational purposes only. It is offered as a tool for people to discover their own suspected food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Readers are highly encouraged to read, write, and reflect on the ideas presented. Consult your healthcare professional before initiating any dietary or exercise program.
This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop April 7, 2021 and updated February 28, 2022.