The Greeks got it right, your diet should be your way of life
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.’
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.
A healthy diet as a way of life
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.
So 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!
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. I rarely eat fast-food meals anymore. I can’t stand the way they make me feel for the rest of the day.
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!
Life’s 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.