Diet culture has us believing that cutting something out of our diets is the only way to lose weight and be the healthiest, happiest versions of ourselves. We are led to believe that carbohydrates, refined sugars, gluten, meat, dairy or fat are the issues to all our problems. We’re told that if we want to be healthy or lose weight, cutting something out of our diet is the best way to do it. Unless we have allergies, intolerances or just don’t like something then we do not need to cut certain food groups or types of foods out of our diets. Granted, too much of one thing is not going to benefit us however, moderation allows for variety, it allows for balance, it allows for sustainability with our food choices.
Diets often work for most of us for the short term as cutting a major food group or type of food out of our diet will allow for a calorie deficit in disguise (they don’t want us to know that!). Diet companies want us to be strung along believing this is the only way I can lose weight. Allowing us to believe it must be ‘this/that’ that is causing me to be overweight or unhealthy. But no, there is not one lone food group that is extremely bad for us and causes us to be overweight, likewise there isn’t one food group that is the better then all the rest. Do not be fooled by the term ‘superfood’. Allowing ourselves to enjoy everything in moderation will truly be the healthiest, most sustainable way to eat. It will provide us with an array of nutrients that our bodies need and to satisfy our souls.
So instead of thinking about what we can cut out (and as a result more than likely crave), think of what foods we can add to our diet to nourish our bodies, excite our taste buds and find new foods and flavours to experiment with. Allow yourself everything in moderation, enjoy your food and do not lead a lifestyle of restriction.