Don’t get me wrong, diets have their place. Just like any reference book or piece of information, you get snippets of good stuff that are relevant to you and the rest you ignore.

Where diets fail are when they are taught as a regime. You must eat this, at this time, this often and repeat. Do not fail, do not stop.

There’s three major failings of a diet:

  1. They do not take in to account our individuality, our genetic makeup, our lifestyle, culture, our allergies/intolerances/sensitivities, religion and anything ee that makes us UNIQUE. Here’s the thing, we are all uniquely human so how can anyone assume the foods that are healthy for one, will also be for everyone else?

  2. It is expected that you follow it word for word for a temporary period of time… I have never met a woman who said, “I just want to lose weight for 2 weeks and then gain it back so I can do it all over again”. It’s not right to be teaching woman such a temporary approach to health, this body needs to be with you until you die so let’s aim for a long-term result which makes you feel AMAZING, is EASY, FUN and it’s SUSTAINABLE so it works within the context of your busy life.

  3. We love PLEASURE! Placing a restriction on us to follow a meal plan word for word limits our ability to be creative and experience pleasure. This ultimately means our brains will at some point, give the middle finger and find something exotic or rich to binge on and un-do all the time and effort (potentially money) you put in to achieving your goal.

Where diets work really well are when they are treated like a learning experience, you hope to get a couple of interesting takeaways that you could apply to your daily life rather than it dominating every meal and experience you have.

As students of our own bodies, I want to teach you how every diet is structured so you can start to create your own personal food plan based on what makes your body feel good!

So, there are three components of a diet:

  1. Balance – amounts of carbs, fats, proteins in a meal or day.

  2. Source – what’s allowed on the plate vs. not allowed, animal vs. plant-based, organic vs. processed, cooked vs. raw

  3. Timing – meal times, fasting times

How you can apply this is to tap in to your body intuition and every time you eat, note down the balance, source, timing and how you felt before and after your meal to notice what changes (e.g. energetic, lethargic, bloated, gassy, headachy etc.).

Have confidence that you know what feels good and doesn’t, your body is your number one authority and will communicate through pain and energy. If it’s not happy, something will hurt and feel weak, if it’s happy, you will feel energetic and strong.

It’s so important to recognise that we are all unique so what works for one doesn’t work for everyone. Diets shouldn’t be treated as law to be followed 100% of the time but as a reference for key tips and tricks to maximise your bodies metabolic power. Become an explorer of your body, get curious on how good you can feel with different foods and how food manifests in your body and mood (in a good or bad way!).

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