The Greeks got it right, your diet should be your way of life
Updated August 2023
When you hear the word ‘diet,’ do you think about drinking nasty green smoothies, counting calories and not being allowed to enjoy your favourite foods? Well, you shouldn’t because the word diet comes from the Greek word diata. It means ‘a way of life’ and it’s the key to a healthy diet.
I was so happy to learn this because what we eat should be our way of life, not a short-term fad, as so many people think a diet is. When you commit to eating a mainly healthy diet, you can treat yourself and stay fit and healthy. Balance is key with everything in life, especially how we eat.
Clean eating is the key to a healthy diet
Reaching your weight loss goals or maintaining your current, healthy weight depends largely on what you eat. There’s a saying in the fitness industry that “Abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym.” It’s true.
Whether or not you desire a 6-pack, healthy eating creates the basis for living a healthy lifestyle. This is why many of us in the fitness industry refer to our healthy lifestyle as ‘clean eating.’ This describes exactly what your ‘diet’ should consist of, clean eats.
Since clean eating is the key to a healthy diet, what’s the best way to eat clean? Shop the perimeter at the grocery store and stock up on fruits and veggies; avoid the middle aisles that are stocked full of processed and junk foods, and limit fat-and-calorie-laden restaurant meals as often as possible by cooking at home.
Need some clean-eating recipes? Check out Busy but Healthy, one of my favourite healthy eating blogs with delicious recipes. They also share how to make some of your favourite treats in a cleaner way. Healthy desserts and treats? Yes, please!
Healthy travel habits
It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon while on vacation. Utilizing these healthy eating travel tips can help you to stay on track. The key to maintaining a healthy diet is planning. It is possible to have a fun and enjoyable vacation without packing on a few extra pounds.
When deciding how to choose the best all-inclusive resort, don’t let the buffet scare you. Not all resorts. have specialty restaurants, but buffet food can be healthy too. In fact, I often find it easier to eat healthy at the buffet!
Walk the perimeter of the buffet and check out all of the available food options before you begin filing your plate. Once you have seen everything, you can make a conscious decision about what to put on your plate. If you want to try everything, try a small portion of several items.
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Everything in moderation
Above all else, enjoy what you eat because food is what fuels your body. It’s amazing how much better you feel after a ‘clean’ meal as opposed to a ‘cheat’ meal.
Once you have a clean eating routine, your body will crave healthy, whole foods, not processed fast foods. I rarely eat fast-food meals anymore. I can’t stand the way they make me feel for the rest of the day. My body functions so much better on lots of vegetables and when my body feels good, I feel good.
For me, a treat has to be worth the calories, and something that weighs me down just isn’t. However, give me a molten chocolate lava cake for dessert and now we’re talking! If it’s not worth the calories, if I take a bite and don’t love it, then it’s a no for me. No shame in taking a bite or two and leaving the rest.
Pro tips that simplify healthy eating
One trick that has helped me a lot is to simplify how I think about food. How I grocery shop, how I cook, how I plan my meals etc. I buy bagged salads so I’ll eat more vegetables because it’s easier. The work is already done for me!
Another trick I use is to bake with protein powder. I add vanilla or chocolate protein powder to almost everything I bake! My fave healthy desserts include:
- Chocolate Bliss Brownies
- Cran-Lemon Loaf (the lemon drizzle is amazing!)
- No-Bake Cheesecake
- Chocolate Instant Pudding (add protein for the ultimate post-workout snack)
Conclusion – The key to a healthy diet
Life is far too precious to avoid treats altogether, it’s got to be about moderation and finding a balance. Our diet should be our way of life. Moderation, not starvation. Eat what you want to eat, but be smart about it. Have dessert, but start with a salad.
Interested in learning more about how to eat healthy, especially while travelling?
I offer coaching services that include a Wellness Travel Planning Power Hour call for clients who are looking for guidance on how to travel in a healthier way. I provide a coaching call to assist you with how to navigate the food options while away, as well as how to incorporate fitness into your travels.
Contact me today if you are interested in working together so I can arm you with the tools you need to enjoy your travels while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
I am here to support you in your health and well-being 🥰
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