I swear by the keto diet. Also, vegetarianism, and I am strictly paleo, and incorporate whole grains every week. I also make sure to have chocolate, wine, and coffee.
This is to say, I absolutely love parts of all of these diets. However, not a single one of them is right for my body Monday through Sunday, January through December.
I don't wear the same clothes in December as I do in July, so why the heck would I eat the same foods?
I have decided to no longer be a victim of the last diet book I read, and instead, be a strict follower of what my instincts tell me.
What if you don't TRUST what your body is telling you? What if your body is always saying MORE carbs, MORE sugar, MORE soda, and NO veggies please?
I've got good news for you. The fact that you are listening to what your body is telling you is a win even if you don't like what it's saying. It just sounds like the messages are getting lost in translation.
Could those sugar cravings really be body saying "hey, boss, I'm super tired right now and would love rest, but, at the very least, need quick fuel."?
When (not if) we eventually give into these cravings, it doesn't mean we are "bad" or in need of a diet plan to set us right.
Let's opt out of this system that tells us we are not to be trusted when it comes to our own bodies. That we are all dumb dumbs and the only way we're going to make it into next week is if we follow this one-size-fits-all meal plan that is fundamentally unsustainable physically, mentally, and logistically.
So, what do you do if you're feeling really lost and don't know where to start? You feel like you truly don't know what to eat. What most of these diets have in common (with which I agree), is the idea of emphasizing protein and vegetables. Where to go from there (and how to make veggies mean more than a boring salad) is where I come in.
How am I not just another outsider charging money to eat what I say? I will never tell you to turn your back on your body's signals, to deprive yourself, or to "just keep pushing" a plan that is not the right fit. Our work will THRIVE on you tuning into your body rather than checking out. Also, my goal is to repair the communication between you and your body, so that you no longer need me.
Think of me like a couples therapist and you and your body are the couple ;)
Thanks for listening to my anti-diet manifesto. I hope it rang true for some of you. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts!! Love,
(please feel free to email me with questions anytime! Sarah@abundelicious.com)
Sarah is the founder and owner of Abundelicious a wellness company that offers one-on-one nutrition and wellness consulting, retreats, and corporate wellness.
She has been helping women work through and overcome emotional eating, digestive disorders and anxiety for almost ten years.
Sarah works with clients in Chicago, Milwaukee, and remotely.