While I now think of the word 'diet' as 'nutrition plan', many 'diets' out there have little to do with balance. They still get recognition, people still opt for them because they want results and want them quickly.
Periodically we see articles rating 'diets'. (Here note, that finding support and/or 'diets' for those who need to gain weight is hard to do!) This morning I was looking at one such rating list and some of the attached links. Those rated most highly are sensible, balanced, focal-points heading right to good nutrition. health.usnews.com/best-d
As much as the lure of the quick-results claims may seem, the ultimate cost may be that temporary results have lasting affects on those trivial matters like heart-health and kidney function. So if the lure is worth it, sure: go for it. But I'm not going on that ride. The end of the ride just doesn't go to a place that suits my goal. Chemicals can destroy organs. Lack of protein or calcium or vitamins affect our health drastically.
Healthy goals are best reached by a healthy approach.
We occasionally need to tweak our plans to improve them. But sometimes the fact is that we frequently see no visible, discernable progress despite doing the best we can do.
This is when we need to enjoy the Inside Stuff - just knowing it IS the best, we ARE following sensible plans. This internal acceptance is important, because without it many people simply give up. The inside stuff matters. Big-time.
Inner goals are very important, and though no one else can see them and the mirror does not reflect them clearly, they lend a shine that those who look closely do notice. Doesn't it seem worth the time to just appreciate those feelings of accomplishment because they are important in the journey? I think so.
What are some of the inner changes that do not show?
Good lab or doctor findings, improvements in numbers.
Finding we walk differently, feel taller as we move along.
Feeling more content.
Realizing we laugh more often and with more joy.
A multitude of wonderful changes occur that don't measure visibly, and I think these are the changes I treasure most.