If you eat the way you’re eating right now for the rest of your life, will you be happy?
I often talk to people about the sustainability of their diet. If you’re currently following a particular diet, [insert my fave keto reference here] can you see yourself following that way of eating forever? Or are you just doing it to lose those last few pounds? Alternatively, if you're eating out way more than you should, or having popcorn and wine for dinner (I used to be guilty of this!) or hitting the drive-thru for lunch every day because it's convenient, will you be happy and feel good about these choices forever?
Dieting shouldn’t be treated as a punishment. It also shouldn’t be so restrictive that you can’t wait until it’s over, just so you can go back to having bread and cheese. Typically, there's no reason to eliminate complete food groups simply because you heard that's the best way to lose weight. What we should be doing is eating in a way that supports our daily activity levels, all while enjoying the occasional glass of wine, slice of pizza, or night out with your friends.
So what's the secret sauce? I know it sounds too good to be true, maybe it sounds so easy that it won’t work, but eating simple ingredients, mostly whole/real foods, drinking enough water, getting 7+ hours of sleep, and minimizing alcohol and sugar intake is that magic diet that you’ve been searching for. It's not rocket science. It doesn't have to be so complex that it requires an excel spreadsheet to follow. Keep it simple and I promise you'll see results.
If you don’t think it can work I challenge you to give it a whirl. Shelf your Keto cookbook for now, and try eating simply. Need a hand? I'm always happy to help! Reach out and let me know how I can guide you through this journey towards better health <3
-Dana Watson, Owner of ThreeSixty Nutrition & Certified Nutrition Coach