I am continually amazed how many people eat diets (and by diet, in this case I mean either "a way of eating" or a specific diet plan) that makes them feel physically awful, and mentally and emotionally drained. Certainly diets full of salty, sugary, fatty, processed food are lousy for our bodies and minds, but on the flipside, many highly restrictive, supposedly "healthy" diets are equally taxing.
So how do you know when it's time to reevaluate your diet? Based on umpteen zillion conversations with men and women in group and one-on-one meetings, I'm breaking down the top 5 signs it's time to change your diet.
You’re hungry all the time.
Being constantly hungry is not a sustainable way to eat or a happy or healthy way to live. The rise of juicing, fasting and rigorous diets like Whole 30 are leaving many folks hungry and dreaming of bread. You may get some weight loss results when you first begin one of these protocols, but the pendulum swings both ways: Deprivation frequently leads to a binge. More on that HERE..
You’re always seeking out the next super food or supplement rather than actually eating a balanced diet.
Oh, that there were a magic food or supplement that would erase all junk food transgressions. No such luck. If you're always trying to find a workaround rather than eating your vegetables, if you're taking a multi-vitamin to rationalize your regular fast food habit, or if you're dosing up on fruit juice to cover the fact that you haven't eaten a salad since 1992, it's time to reevaluate your way of eating.
You’ve shut out entire food groups without professional support.
Allergies, sensitivities, disease and ethical concerns cause many to eschew various foods and even food groups. Trading out gluten for highly refined gluten-free junk food is a lousy choice. Eschewing all animal products may be a compassionate choice, but it shouldn't result in low energy or hair loss. It should also be noted that Google and Facebook have led to a lot of self-diagnosis that may A. Be inaccurate, and B. Result in individuals not getting the care they actually need. Talk to a professional before shutting out entire food groups.
You’re obsessed with the scale.
The number on a scale is a piece of data to measure the weight of a body and if visited somewhat regularly over time, one may observe a pattern of change in that weight. If this piece of data impacts your ability to be happy, though, you could be missing the (happy) boat.
You feel like crap all the time
I am surprised how many men and women walk around in this world feeling like crap all the time, and don't consider looking at their diet. Food is not a cure-all, but if you feel like garbage and your diet is either highly restrictive (Whole 30, ketogenic diets and Atkins, I'm looking at you), or if your diet is full of highly processed food, diet is a great first place to start making change.
Looking for support in evaluating your diet? Let's talk.