Diet. This word is probably the most hated four letter word in the world, but it shouldn’t be. It started out as a noun: “The kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.” Diet is what we eat everyday. It’s a habit. OK, that doesn’t sound so bad. But then something weird happened. It became a verb. “Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight”. So now everybody associates the noun with the verb → “I’m on a diet” And to confuse things even more, there’s all sorts of “diets” on the market. Some fall into the verb category, some into the noun. There’s a ton of them, and most of them contradict each other.
What’s an entrepreneur to do?
Here’s the real deal. There is no perfect diet. As much as you want me to tell you to eat this, or eat that, the truth is that while there are definitely some guidelines, there is no One Size Fits All answer to diet. Sophie can drink all the milk she wants, but if I match her glass for glass I’ll get a gout flare up. I know people who can’t drink milk at all. Raw milk can be a miracle worker for some people, but for others it can lead to illness. You shouldn’t look at any diet as a religion. You will do harm to your body if you follow any diet to the letter. You have to listen your body, and make adjustments as necessary.
I mentioned guidelines a minute ago. Kate and I use Weston A. Price’s research & Ayurveda. The guidelines found in these diets are based on traditional diets that people all over the world have eaten for thousands of years. It’s based on natural foods, grown locally and are native to the cultures who eat them. A diet needs to accomplish only one thing. It needs to fuel your body with the right balance of nutrients. If you put the wrong oil (or too much oil) in your lawnmower, it won’t run right. It’s the same with your body. If you eat too much of the wrong food you won’t run right either.
Making Your Diet Work
You might be thinking that this all sounds hard and time consuming. Eating real food means rearranging priorities. To make this work, you need to set yourself up to succeed, rather than fail. It’s easy to fall into the trap of fast food, or something frozen, but that puts you into the circle of hell. The more crap you eat, the less desire you’ll have to actually cook something healthy.
We tend to make certain tasks harder in our head than they really are. Cooking isn’t hard, nor does it have to be time consuming. The key is to make it one of your priorities. Schedule the time to cook, clean and eat slowly. Make time to plan the menu and shop. Once you get into your groove, it’ll become habit. Each week that passes, things get easier. Focus will become clearer, energy improves and soon eating real food will be as natural as the food itself.