If you could feel more comfortable in your body (and your clothes) without dieting, would you do it?
Diet has two meanings in the dictionary and I definitely prefer one over the other.
The first definition of diet is "the type of food a person habitually eats" and the other is "a special course of food that a person restricts themselves to, either to lose weight or for medical reasons."
I bet you can guess which one I don't like.
I also don't like the emphasis on weight loss. We are so much more than what we weigh, and the number on a scale doesn't necessarily tell us a whole lot.
People have different body types, so their healthy weights can be very different and is not necessarily what society is telling us it is.
On one hand, I recognize that we have an obesity epidemic in the United States, with more than one-third of adults being classified as obese.
On the other hand, 10 -15% of adults have some type of eating disorder. Clearly there is some kind of disconnect and probably more have an unhealthy relationship with food.
A healthy body has more to do with gaining a healthy mindset and less to do with restricting calories.
Extra weight can be a result of poor health and inflammation, so think about adding new, healthy habits, and don't worry about feeling like you have to restrict yourself.
Often, if we're experiencing frequent headaches, if we're feeling sluggish, if our brain doesn't feel like it's firing as fast as it used to, or we're just plain grumpy, there may be something going on with our health that has nothing to do with the number on the scale.
Below are ten healthy mind and body lifestyle habits to add into your life!
Focus on these ten positive habits, or a just a few of them at a time. Don't worry about restricting yourself. At Integrative Nutrition, we called it "crowding out!"
Add enough positive habits and there's less room for the bad habits!
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