I was talking to a friend today who asked me how my "diet" was going. I cringed. I think she thought it was because I wasn't doing all to well. Well, I have fallen off the wagon. But that is not why I cringed.
I hate the word diet. So many negative perceptions are associated with the word. When you hear the word diet, you think of plates full of nothing more than limp lettuce, boiled chicken, and water.
So, I am not on a diet. Instead, I am following a new eating plan.
My eating plan has me consuming roughly 1200 to 14oo hundred calories a day. Most of it is fresh fruits and veggies and organic. It is not a diet because I am not restricting myself in anyways. In fact, I have two recipes I will be trying out this weekend: One for almond chocolate blondies and one for...fudge brownies. I am eating foods that I love, just prepared a little differently.
I am a huge peanut butter and toast girl. So, I am eating 100% whole grain toast and almond butter. I have a weakness for crunch chips and dip. So I make my own pita chips and black bean dip, hummus, and guacamole. I have substitued my morning coffee for wonderful tea instead.
See? No restrictions. In fact, this way of eating is keeping me fuller longer since I am eating better foods.
I don't see it as a diet. I see it as a healthier, and actually pretty tasty, way of eating.