The holidays are right around the corner and for many people this is a time of indulgence, without regard to diet or health. As we sit down to meals with family and friends, there is no reason not to enjoy the wonderful bounty of the season. But, that doesn’t give us license to go crazy figuring we’ll just start our diet come the first of the year (making diet the ultimate four-letter word). Planning on another fad diet will lead to inferior health. To find and sustain optimal health, we have to change our diet permanently. But that doesn’t mean restricting foods, counting calories, skipping meals, expensive shakes, etc. in order to maintain our diet.
Diet That Harm Your Health
Ultimately fad diets and quick fix diets do more harm than good. Many of these diets aren’t nutritionally balanced. Some of these diets allow the continued build up of harmful toxins in your system, which can be detrimental over time. Often these diets replace natural substances with artificial ones or with over processed “low-calorie” or “low-fat” prepared foods which may have no nutritive value.
Diet Doesn’t Mean Deprivation
Yet, good, healthy eating doesn’t mean a diet of deprivation – in fact, friends are coming over tonight to carve pumpkins and I have chili in the crockpot, corn bread made, mulled wine on the stove, and a diabetic-friendly gluten free pumpkin pie in the oven which I’ll top with raw whipped cream. Add a quick green salad and I plan on an enjoyably scrumptious evening. (If everything turns out as good as I hope, I’ll have the recipes posted over the next couple of weeks). That is my family’s diet! It’s a bit more than an average day in our diet (we don’t usually have dessert) but it’s a healthy, minor splurge that allows us to maintain health and enjoyment with our diet.
Diet Key – Nutrient Dense Whole Foods
As you prepare for the holiday season, choose nutrient rich whole foods / a diet that will provide necessary nutrition and become a way of life. This is how you can enjoy a No-Diet diet. When eating wholesome foods there are few limitations on the amount you can eat and there is no calorie counting. You should be able to eat until you are satisfied and as often as you are hungry. The concept of diet no longer becomes a four-letter word to curse or scorn.
So, what are these magic diet foods you ask? Natural, organically grown foods that have gone through as little handling as possible. For example: fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and organic animal products raised without confinement, exposed to fresh air and health-giving sunshine, while eating natural foods which provide minerals and less fat. Dairy products should be from organic grass-fed pasture raised animals. Try yogurt, cottage cheese, and buttermilk which contain enzymes and bacteria that are beneficial to digestion. Fresh, wild caught fish. And don’t forget lots of filtered water.
Try to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible – your diet should include so raw foods, ferments, can carefully cooked foods. These diet foods are best prepared from wholesome raw ingredients instead of devitalized packaged products. The more processing and handling foods get, the more contaminated they become. This is why many of the fad diets will only work in the short term or cause additional health concerns.
My pumpkin pie started with raw nuts for the crust, an organic sweet pumpkin, eggs from pastured hens, local raw organic honey, maple syrup, and spices. There’s no white sugar or flour, no dairy, and no grain yet it’s still sweet and delicious (I know because I tasted the filling – yummy). Chili is nothing more than grass fed beef, homegrown tomatoes, local beans, farm fresh onions, peppers, and garlic plus some spices. For most people this is a diet they can live with for the rest of their lives.
The real beauty of a No-Diet diet is that nutrient dense food doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult.
Treat your body to a diet including to the best foods your area has to offer this Fall. Your body will thank you with better functioning, a feeling of greater health, more vitality, less illness, better memory, and of course, stable weight. So, come the first of the year you won’t have to make any diet resolutions.