why diets do not work in the long term and why we keep falling for them, I was inspired to make it the topic of the day.
A diet is really anything a person, animal, or entire group consumes on a regular basis; but the word “diet” seems to correspond with “restriction” for most people. With the government setting guidelines using pyramids and, more recently, a plate, along with numerous media sources spouting opposing claims on food, it’s no wonder the population is so confused on what to eat. We have commercials, radio, internet pop-ups, SPAM e-mail, and just people making claims about this and that and what is “guaranteed” to make you lose weight or get stronger. The reason for such ambiguity, to me, is simply money.
Most sources spouting their views and ideologies really don’t know 100% what works. For one, each person is different as to how their bodies react to certain foods and exercise. But, these sources making claims that usually go against another claim all have one thing in common; the desire for profit. As salesmen, some do a great job at persuading us that eating this or that will make us simply “shed the fat,” but money is a common motivator either way.
• Veggies are your buddies. Eat ‘em up; all your low-starchy veggies should be unlimited and enjoyed with every meal and snack from red peppers n’ hummus to morning omelets and dinner stir-fries.
• Roast, steam, poach, bake, braise and broil. No more fried food.
• Don’t confuse thirst and hunger. Sip a glass of seltzer with lime before you reach for food.
• Never travel alone. Pack veggies, nuts and dried fruits to keep you full on the go and help you avoid vending machines and temptations.
• Puree berries, melons and bananas to use as a spread atop toast, crackers, salads or sandwiches. You can also use these as homemade ‘ice-creams’ pureed with nut butters and cinnamon.
• Take a bag of frozen veggies out of the freezer in the morning, by the afternoon they’ll be ready to eat and perfectly defrosted to enjoy with your lunch.
• Avoid ‘fat free’ claims on packaging as you’ll be trading fats for loads of sodium or sugar instead.
• Enjoy a bit of lean protein with each meal to keep you full and keep your metabolism runnin’ steady and strong throughout the day.
• Toast nuts n’ seeds in the oven. Try sweet (honey, cinnamon) or savory (chili powder, sea salt); store in a sealed container and use atop salads, as a snack or in stir-fries and pitas.
• Don’t fear fat. Avocados can be your best buddies. They’re loaded with healthy fats, high in fiber and add a creamy consistency to any meal from oatmeal to salsas.