I've seen the word diet being thrown around quite a lot in the forums and in the chat. I've most certainly been guilty of using it way too much in the past as well. I threw a question on the chat board, asking "what is the strangest diet that you have ever been on?". I got answers like "I could only eat cabbage soup" and "the cayenne and lemon juice cleanse". Mine is a chinese alternative medicine diet that I found many years ago back when I was in my teens and quite desperately trying to lose weight. For it to work I had to rub my stomach a certain number of times clockwise and then counter clockwise, and eat a lot of shiitake mushroom soup(I HATE shiitake mushrooms, it's what I imagine eating live snails would be like). I've also been on juice cleanses, 5/2, weight watchers, meal replacers, lose x in x days, the list goes on and on.
This time I've decided to change my perspective, because clearly dieting doesn't work for me. I will eat all the stuff that makes my body feel great, that makes me want to sing in the morning , that makes me feel like I want to dance, go for a run or just have the energy to write a blog entry in the evening.
I went online because I've been needing an encouragement boost the last couple of days, and I found the quote in the title. It put words on my mindset! I'm NOT on a diet! I don't want my brain to think that I'm depriving myself, I don't want to say to people "No I can't, I'm on a diet". I want to say "No, I choose not to eat x, because it doesn't make me feel like a goddess".
There are a couple of reasons for this, the first one is that diets are time limited, they indicate at the beginning that you can go back to eating the way that you always have once you are "done" with your diet. I have no intention of being "done" with this. I'm done with being fat, but I will never be done with my new way of eating.
The second one is that a diet means that you will have to eat like someone else for a time, with foods that don't necessarily agree with your body, and excuse me diet but I want to eat like me.
I want to learn to make better choices that fit me and my lifestyle, so no more quick-fixes designed to make you gain back the weight once you go back to your old habits thank you. I want to know my body well enough to know when it's hungry or just bored or sad and act accordingly. This isn't something that can be achieved by going on a diet, it's only achieved by changing my relationship to food and to myself and decide that I'm not going to feel deprived during this process. I will still have my fill of healthy, scrumptious food and snacks and I'm not going to sweat the days when I feel less inclined to be vigilant about all this because I know I'll have no problem eating that delicious healthy food tomorrow.