Diet- I don’t really like that word
To Diet implies that we must give up something we enjoy and restrict ourselves to something less palatable. Some of the synonyms for diet are restriction, starvation, regime, nutritional therapy and weight reduction plan. Sounds dreadful! When I think of food I prefer to think of comestibles or items we consume without waste. Empty calories may fuel our body with a rush of energy but they are wasteful when it comes to our health. Instead of dieting, how about commandeering a plan that focuses on health; body, mind and soul?
As a Naturopathic Doctor my aim is never to cure, but rather to teach prevention. None of us want to have ill health so the best advice is to pay attention to what you consume making sure the comestibles you eat have something to support your good health. There are hundreds of fancy diets and fads promising all sorts of things, but at the end of the day good health boils down to consuming the right foods in the right amounts at the right time. It’s kind of like emotions. Use them for the right purpose with the right amount of energy at the right rime and you will always be successful.
Nobody wants restriction and everyone wants liberation. To diet means to restrict and that is why I don’t like the concept of dieting. We restrict ourselves until the restriction gets too much to bear and then easily slip past liberation and into the trap of false freedom. Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” In the case of diet and health freedom might be another word for liberation; a release from restriction by focusing on comestibles that support good health.
Freedom means to be free of restriction. Isn’t that everyone’s dream; to be free to consume without any consequences? But everything in life has an endgame. At the end of the game the consequential pieces line up to remind us that nothing in life is free. Therefore instead of dieting perhaps we should focus on consequences and exactly how we would like the game of health to be played. There are no guarantees in life, but if you focus on prevention over cure you might find yourself focusing on comestibles, foods consumed without waste or restriction because they are simply good for your health.
Eating healthy is not about being a vegetarian, vegan or eating any particular diet, but about examining what you eat and how what you eat affects your entire being. The fundamental process of life is the movement of energy and food gives us the energy needed to move and sustain life. If we focus on prevention over cure by eating healthy comestibles we do more than just sustain life; we thrive!