By Elaina Love, Faculty Member here at the BodyMind Institute
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How many times have we heard that dieting is not the solution? Yet every new year, hundreds of thousands of us jump on the bandwagon once again saying this time it’s going to work!
Well, I can tell you from years upon years of experience and trial and error, that the best diet is no diet. The best way to be fit and healthy (not stick skinny) is to do what you love, and stop focusing so hard on your weight. When you eat a Healthy Plant-based diet, eliminate gluten, and keep the sweet stuff to a minimum, your body will naturally find it’s balance. If this has not been your experience even after eating a plant-based (vegan) diet, you may still be eating too many grains, sweets or fried foods.
Do you enjoy waking up early and making a blended cup of steaming organic coffee packed with superfood ingredients like Chaga mushroom powder, stevia, and coconut oil? I do! I find it to be a soul soothing, mind activating and blissful way to start my day. Maybe you like baked goods? You can still have them by following some of my recipes. Do you enjoy cooking for others? Great there are plenty of awesome recipes that fit that bill too. It’s not about getting away from food, it’s about creating the right foods. Stop eating at restaurants and make your own delicious creations at home.
The idea is to find out what works for you and do that. Don’t limit and restrict, open and enhance. Do you love baked goods but don’t love all the sugar and carbs? Me too! Well, now you can make delicious gluten-free nut butter cookies that taste so amazing and delicious and won’t make you feel guilty or shameful. There is just something about getting in the kitchen and making something delicious and nourishing that lights me up. It is my creative outlet, much like painting or crafts are for others. What is your creative outlet? No surprisingly, when we engage in activities we love, food and eating become less of a focus.
So don’t shame yourself for loving food, just find the right foods that make you feel satisfied and energized while nourishing you at the same time.Then after feeling nourished, go do something you love to do like writing, art, walking, dancing at home, listening to a guided meditation or put on some good music and clean the house.
Here are some more ideas of foods you can make to feel fit and healthy without dieting: