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I actually LOVE the word "DIET"!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The word "diet" is derived from the Greek word "diaita" meaning "manner of living". It doesn't mean food, but since most cultures define themselves by how they eat, the word has come to mean food. Every tribe or nation has a type of food that defines them, mostly indicating availability of sustenance, and we call it their "diet", whether it be primarily fish or buffalo or rice.

Somewhere along the line the word was perverted to mean "weight loss diet", which in turn translated into "deprivation". We are "dieting" (verb), or "on a diet" (noun). I doubt that was what the ancient Greeks had in mind.

I remember a story in Time Magazine (I think) that showed a family from each of several countries, surrounded by the food they consumed in a year. An Asian family was surrounded by bags of rice, piles of vegetables and dried fish. A Hispanic family was surrounded by bags of cornmeal and beans. The American family was surrounded by boxes of frozen food and bags of snacks. Point taken.

My "manner of living" involves modest portions of deliciously prepared food, three times a day, as has been the western custom for centuries.

Sometimes "old fashioned" is a good thing.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COMPUCATHY 11/26/2012 8:36PM

    I seems the more "old fashioned" we are, the better off we are. Hope you had a Marvelous Monday...keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 8:55PM

    indeed -- point taken!!

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NASFKAB 11/20/2012 10:02AM

  thanks for the inspiration

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/19/2012 5:49AM

    Thanks for the explanation. It does make sense.
I just wish I had the discipline that you have everyday.

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123ELAINE456 11/18/2012 10:08PM

  Love Your Blogs. Thank You for the good Information that you Share with us.I'm in ageement with you with this term Diet.Keep it up. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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ZEEDRA 11/18/2012 9:43PM

    Thanks once again, Nell. I too want to go to your house for the "deliciously prepared food". As soon as they invent that push-button for travel, I'll be there for lunch!

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DARLENEK04 11/18/2012 8:24PM

    Interesting blog........I never consider myself on a
diet, but a healthy eating lifestyle........


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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2012 7:25PM

    The only time I will ever use the word "diet" is if it has the adjectives "healthy" or "natural" in front of it. The commercial perversions are the worst.

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MNNICE 11/18/2012 2:52PM

    The word "diet" has definitely taken on a new meaning to me since joining SP.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/18/2012 12:52PM

    I'm with Gaby, I love your blogs and they are always full of great information. emoticon

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GABY1948 11/18/2012 11:07AM

    I agree with you totally...I love your blogs they are always uplifting and full of good information. Have a GREAT Sunday

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MEXGAL1 11/18/2012 11:01AM

    very interesting. thanks so much for taking the time to post and share.
Have a terrific Sunday.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/18/2012 10:55AM

    It's too bad that I react to the word "diet" now, but I've gotten really sick of hearing people say, "Oh, you're on a DIET!" I want to seize them by the throat, but instead I politely correct them and defend the fact that I'm eating exactly what I want to.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2012 10:47AM

    Interesting. Thanks!

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DHUNTER49 11/18/2012 10:34AM

    Oooo I want to come to your house....i love deliciously prepared food but i am a horrible cook! i'm envious of your outlook and your "diet" :)

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