I recently wrote an article that delves deep into why diets don’t work, and how you can avoid them and instead develop beneficial eating habits instead. This way, you change your relationship to food so that your chances of reaching your health goals is highly probable.
Since crash dieting doesn’t work, I took notice of the process I used to get healthy and I think you’ll benefit from it.
Here’s how it works:
1) Uncover your food allergies if you have them
2) Reintroduce foods slowly to see how you react
3) Understand the relationship food has to your body to create 1 meal plan you can eat forever
and 4) create a system to ensure you stick to these new diet habits.
Say no to crash diets and yes to eating healthy forever ;)
Here’s the link: http://www.innergladiator.com/how-to-stop-dieting/
I’d love to hear from you as well — Have you tried diets in the past? Did they work for you? What are your eating habits like now, and are you meeting your health goals?
Looking forward to reading your comments.
@feren6, That is exactly what I did last year about this time and I have to say it has worked amazing well. I have lost 35kgs in a year.
I basically did a fast for three days, just juicing raw veg then slowly introduced foods back. Firstly I found I have a problem with gluten, so no more bread etc. Then I found that meat and anything animal based no longer interested me so I stopped that too.
I stopped drinking alcohol too, bit drastic seeing as I live in France, land of good wine etc, but I feel miles better for it and I don’t miss the hangovers one bit!
I am now a t-total vegan and feeling great. I am training to do triathlons next year… This time last year I was struggling to run around the block!
I have tried crash diets in the past, they work but then you just pile it all back on, and more!!
Ironically people think I am ill now as I am thin and the general norm around here is to be overweight and eat and drink like there will be no more food tomorrow!! Go figure!
Great site, keep it up…
@e3di, 35kgs? Boom! That’s insane man.
I’m glad you’ve incorporated good diet habits and that your health goals are being met. And triathlons dude..you’re insane, in the best way possible of course ;)
I am curious as to why your interest in meat declined. Did you stop eating it because you liked it or was it for ethical reasons?
@feren6, I did something very similar to you, I think. My motivation started with losing weight, though, and I never gave a single though to allergies (though I later found out that some “normal” food has very negative consequences…). In my case, I heard about nutritional ketosis and I love the outlandish, so I went all out. And in the process learned so much, from what food does to me to the history of our cultural eating habits to biochemistry to big business lobbyists… It changed the entire way I think about myself, now, as an organism, much more so than the 20 kg I lost.
So to answer your questions – I seem to have gotten slightly off-track, although that’s not really possible if you never had a specific destination to begin with – I’d never even dreamed of trying a diet for any real length of time ever before. I just wasn’t overweight enough to justify [what I prejudged would be] a decline in meal quality. I actually stumbled onto reddit/r/keto all at once just after a breakup, and got excited about the chance to eat loads of guilt-free bacon. Heh.
Anyway, I started by limiting my diet to vegetables, meat, eggs and cheeses. I didn’t have a diet in the sense of a regimen, and I for me anyway it made much more sense to re-educate myself and develop a new way to think about food. Basically, no unpronounceable ingredamints, and nothing with too many grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams of final edible food. How much is too much? Well, it turns out the curve grows exponentially and the boundary right about puts processed food on one side and non-processed food on the other. So I just Said No to Processed Food as a whole and had exactly the kind of enlightenment you describe. Thanks to the power of knowledge® I now understand what happens to the food I eat and even the tastiest plate of delicious pasta makes me think twice since I know, for example, that gluten just simply makes me feel bad afterward. I don’t think I will ever “diet” again, the same way I know I will never drink a soda without knowing what it’ll do to me. Knowledge really is power. Please learn responsibly.
I used to eat whatever I wanted. Now I just eat whole foods – healthy fats, lean protein, nuts, lots of vegetables, a good amount of fruit, and healthy whole grains. I don’t eat dairy or red meat, just lean organic chicken or turkey, and wild salmon. The thing is…when you start eating that way and you keep doing it, eventually you love it and don’t even WANT to eat junk anymore. And as a consequence of eating clean, whole foods, you become very lean. Couple that with exercise, and your immune system becomes top notch, as well as your brain and every other bodily system.
@cognaut, It seems like you found the key too — no processed foods. And on the carbohydrate thing, that’s true: it’s REALLY hard to eat over 100g of carbs without eating processed foods.
The only way I get there is if I get a crap load of potatoes or eat a lot of dried fruit. With processed food, it’s normal to consume >300g of carbs per day. Looking back at my old habits, I see how gross that is.
If there’s anyone out there reading this who hasn’t gotten there yet, check out the Paleo diet as an origin to figuring out what foods affect you (@xetado, good stuff). The entire outline is in my post.
Exactly! Now clean foods taste delicious because taste buds adapt to them, and candy/processed food is way too sugary or starchy to eat. Glad it’s working out..and now you can never go back ;)
I am not saying this was the only detonator but when you see them pulling the fat out of the arteries it makes you think!
After that I found videos such as earthling etc and it really starts to make you think. So now it is a bit of both.
Once again I have somewhat alienated myself as most people around here are farmers who rear cattle, ducks, or chickens so a non meat eater who doesn’t drink is a true alien!
Also when you start looking at what is put into meat these days, not only at the farm but in the factories after… well it is not good!
Saying that, I also live in an apple production area, you should see the amount of chemicals they pump onto them during the year, it is scary. I know one farmer who refuses to eat his own crop… So veg is the same sometimes.
The world is mad.. People feel socially obliged to eat junk food now and if you go against the flow, well, your either ill or weird.
@e3di, Interesting, I’ll check out the video.
“The world is mad.. People feel socially obliged to eat junk food now and if you go against the flow, well, your either ill or weird.”
Certainly. Although if you’re eating a healthy diet, you WILL look healthy. We’re pretty good at telling when something is off. If you’re working out and getting enough nutrients to fuel your body, you’ll know. You’ll feel good, and you’ll give off a more radiant energy.
I had one teacher tell me once back in college that going Gluten Free was bullshit. And what do you know..she was 100 lbs over weight. Funny how that works.
@feren6, Max! Dude i feel like you’ve nailed your corner of the internet. It makes me secretly super happy seeing people from here doing well elsewhere haha.
I love the idea of paleo; but i need some ideas for breakfasts. I wake up really nauseous every single morning and if i don’t eat immediately i get to that point where the idea of eating disgusts you but you know you have to eat to make the feeling go away. Bad explanation but whatever. Point is, I need to eat super fast. With a almost religious zeal, my go-to breakfast at the moment is oats with cinnamon, chia seeds, almonds, raisins and kiwifruit. It’s fast, nutritious, and sits well in my tummy.
I definitely know that oats aren’t paleo and they’re the one meal in my day that i don’t eat strictly paleo because i lack better ideas. I’m not a fan of eggs unless they’re hard boiled and i can’t stomach the time needed to cook something every morning. Suggestions, guys?
PS if anyone is in need of yet another paleo recipe blog, i came across this one the other week and i’m honestly enamored. every single thing i’ve made from it was delicious. http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/
@francina, Thanks, I appreciate that! It’s growing pretty quickly :)
And hmm…you get nauseous when you wake up? What are you eating at night?
I actually felt the same way when I was eating the Standard American Diet – the majority of my life. But when I went Paleo 100% (gluten-free 100% rather), I stopped getting nauseous. It’s possible the oats are doing that to you, and you can check my eliminating them alltogether for a month.
Just make the smoothie without them and add some Paleo-friendly protein powders (Jay Robb is phenomenal). Hard-boil some eggs at night and eat them in the morning with some salsa on top.
Make sure you’re drinking a lot of water during the day, too. The nausea could be caused by dehydration if you’re not getting enough water.
I’ll check out the recipes on the Paleo AU site!
@francina, I would also suggest the same thing @feren6 said. I understand your need to eat quickly in the morning, my sister is the same way, but there /are/ other options. You said you like hardboiled eggs, have you tried making an egg spread? Hardboil a bunch of eggs (6 or so), peel them then put them in a plastic tupperware container and go nuts with a knife until they’re all broken up with each piece roughly the size of a big grain of rice. Mix mayonnaise in and season with chives or basil. You can wrap it in some lettuce or even just eat spoonfuls of it. Hope you like it :)
@feren6, what would you recommend to go heavy on when you’re lacking appetite, baseline underweight for over a decade, and have fast metabolism? I swear if I do another try-to-gain-weight-snack-on-nuts-all-day, I’m going to just give up on eating any real meals or eating altogether or go nuts.
@paintedbeings, You don’t need to snack all day to gain weight. In fact, when I gained 15 lbs of muscle, I only ate 2 gigantic meals a day.
But you do need to eat calorically dense food. Drink a couple glasses of whole milk if you can handle it, eat nuts, eat almond butter, and/or coconut oil. All great foods that you don’t need a lot of appetite for (like solid protein).
More importantly, are you working out? You won’t lose your appetite if you’re lifting heavy weights for more than a week — your body will start to tell you it needs it, and you’ll get used to eating more food.
Conditioning your body and taste buds to this kind of food takes time but I will never go back now! Usually, the most I’ll do if I get a craving is take one bite of whatever the junk is. Any more than that and I can feel it instantly affect my body. I had flu like symptoms from a greasy muffin recently. It seems like the longer I go sticking with health foods, the less tolerant of junk my body becomes. I’m working on cutting out cheese and bread now.. haven’t gotten all the way used to being without those yet. :( Where do you guys stand on alcohol and caffeine?
I am into eating healthy/ working out naturally 105% used to eat anything, had an average body, no muscle simple..
Then I started gyming at the gym eating decently got some muscle but stayed the same.
Then I went onto a paleo diet for abit, which turned into eating 1-1 1/2 meals a day, along with that ran like a beast every day, no resitence trng, just running. Lost so much fat. I’m 6 foot and weighed 69kgs.
Was muscular tho, only ate 1-1 1/2 super healthy meal.
NOW I’m deciding to bulk up, I know I can loose the weight and become a ripped beast, but want to get fat now to, because why not ;)
Meal plan is as such.
Some cashews ( roasted)
1 brazil nut ( my selenium :)
Some plain yogurt ( 150 million probiotic cultures)
2 teaspoon pea protein islolate
Now and then cacoa
And some cinnamon.
Whole rye oat bread slices
Almond butter with honey
Brown rice 35g
Chilli etc etc
Yogurt or protein shake with a fruit.
2 chicken breast
Spices chilli etc
Snack, normally nothing, or pea protein.
Works like a charm ;)
Drink when you want, as long as it’s not affecting your life negatively. If you aren’t losing the weight you want or if you’re gaining too much fat, then drinking a lot would be an issue.
A good way to protect your body from fat gain while drinking is to eat all protein and minimal carbs. Carbs spillover into fat stores when you drink over your caloric limit, so avoid it by eating protein. Simple enough.
@kylerbbrowning, If it’s workin, right on!