Are You Dieting Again?

Are you dieting again? As summer rolls in, we will be thinking about the beach. I know that dieting is one of my priorities at this time.

In truth, that word diet is a four letter word to me. I just don’t like diets. I have tried about every kind of diet there is. I might lose weight for a while only to put those pounds back on again. So, I am really over the short-lived diet thing.

Is DIET a Four Letter Word? Well, for most of my life, DIET has been a four letter word that I hated.
I associated DIET with giving up the foods that I love replaced by rabbit food.
Needless to say, this attitude toward the word DIET has had a negative effect on my daily habits. The saying, “If it tastes good, spit it out,” was my general mindset toward the “D” word. I ignored the good eating habits and ate what was easy.
What was easy? Easy for me was a prepackaged pastry or packet of crackers. I love commercially prepared carbs. I could eat them all day and not bat an eye.  However, this is not the healthy eating habits for someone my age.
So, I realized that I had to change my eating habits. Yet, I know me. I need new eating habits that are easy for me to follow. Plus, I wanted to be able to eat the foods that I love.
After doing some reading on different ways of eating, I decided to learn more about the Mediterranean Diet. This diet seemed like one that I could follow, and it allowed me to eat the foods that I love.  With the Mediterranean Diet, I could eat from the major food groups daily.  This diet was differently a better way of eating. It was a diet that included the foods that I love and could actually follow.
What it really boils down to is lifestyle choices. The Mediterranean Diet encouraged me to make different choices about how I choose to live. I can choose to practice 3 out of 5 healthy habits daily. I choose to either (1) drink 5 glasses 12 ounces glasses of water daily, (2) avoid sugary drinks, (3) pass up fried foods, (4) walk 7500 steps, or (5) eliminate the white stuff: flour, rice, and sugar.
Can I still eat my prepackaged pastry? Yes, but not every day. Do I need to count calories? Yes, it is a good idea to count calories. I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and exercise daily. The app is simple to use and has a free version.
DIET does not have to be a four letter word to avoid. We make lifestyle choices that can lead to a healthy way of living. It is a just might of a mind shift!

A diet is more than a short-lived process. It should be a way of living. So, this year, I am doing an overall on my diet with a goal of a lifetime commitment.

I have been doing some studying on the different diet plans. For the second consecutive year, the Mediterranean Diet ranks as the No. 1 Best Diet Overall.

The New Year is Here. How many of you have resolved to change your way of eating? If a change of eating is in your plans for the New Year, then I would like to encourage you to think about a Mediterranean Diet. It is not a diet in that you are out to lose weight solely. It is more a way of eating that is for a lifetime. It means getting more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meat, fish, and healthy fats into your daily food intake. When you look at your plate, divide it up into 1/2 vegetables and fruits, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 starch or whole grains. Using healthy fats, try going for olive oils and nuts; avoid margarine. Drink at half of your weight in water daily. And don’t forget to move…exercise.

Is DIET a Four Letter Word? Well, for most of my life, DIET has been a four letter word that I hated.
I associated DIET with giving up the foods that I love replaced by rabbit food.
Needless to say, this attitude toward the word DIET has had a negative effect on my daily habits. The saying, “If it tastes good, spit it out,” was my general mindset toward the “D” word. I ignored the good eating habits and ate what was easy.
What was easy? Easy for me was a prepackaged pastry or packet of crackers. I love commercially prepared carbs. I could eat them all day and not bat an eye.  However, this is not the healthy eating habits for someone my age.
So, I realized that I had to change my eating habits. Yet, I know me. I need new eating habits that are easy for me to follow. Plus, I wanted to be able to eat the foods that I love.
After doing some reading on different ways of eating, I decided to learn more about the Mediterranean Diet. This diet seemed like one that I could follow, and it allowed me to eat the foods that I love.  With the Mediterranean Diet, I could eat from the major food groups daily.  This diet was differently a better way of eating. It was a diet that included the foods that I love and could actually follow.
What it really boils down to is lifestyle choices. The Mediterranean Diet encouraged me to make different choices about how I choose to live. I can choose to practice 3 out of 5 healthy habits daily. I choose to either (1) drink 5 glasses 12 ounces glasses of water daily, (2) avoid sugary drinks, (3) pass up fried foods, (4) walk 7500 steps, or (5) eliminate the white stuff: flour, rice, and sugar.
Can I still eat my prepackaged pastry? Yes, but not every day. Do I need to count calories? Yes, it is a good idea to count calories. I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and exercise daily. The app is simple to use and has a free version.
DIET does not have to be a four letter word to avoid. We make lifestyle choices that can lead to a healthy way of living. It is a just might of a mind shift!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me
Best Wishes,
Myra Reidy
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https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mediterranean-diet-meal-plan#sample-menu

http://www.foodpyramid.com/food-pyramids/mediterranean-diet-pyramid/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mediterranean-diet-meal-plan#the-basics

https://oldwayspt.org/traditional-diets/mediterranean-diet

https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/mediterranean-diet

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