Definition of DIET
a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed
b: habitual nourishment
c: the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
d: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight <going on a diet>2: something provided or experienced repeatedly <a diet of Broadway shows and nightclubs — Frederick Wyatt>
Origin of DIET
Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one’s life
First Known Use: 13th century
For the record, this is NOT my favorite 4-letter word. NOT by a long shot.
But I don’t wanna talk about how we generally view the word diet…I wanna talk about what the word really means. Check out the origin of the word. “literally, manner of living.” So why is it that we see the word diet and think OH GOD. NO!!!
Oh right. Because today’s society has put this pressure on us to “diet to lose weight” as opposed to eat in a way that provides sustenance and life.. We are so focused on the negative, that we forget that we need to eat to live.
That’s why I’ve been working so hard to change my
diet way of eating. I’m trying to eat only foods that come from the earth. If it’s packaged, I’m reading the ingredients and if the first ingredient isn’t a food or vegetable, I’m putting it back. If there are more chemicals than actual foods on the ingredient list, it goes back on the shelf. I’m generally doing the majority of my shopping on the outside aisles and in the hippie food section.
I’ve been cranky the last couple of days, but I know that’s because my body is adjusting to this change. I’m making choices that I enjoy…and if this is going to be an actual lifestyle change, then I have to really focus on eating foods I like. I am sure I’ll have some setbacks, but I’m only human. Right now, if I’m home and watching TV and want to eat…but know I’m not really hungry, then I’m going outside for a walk. I’m trying to redirect my attention so I can control my emotional eating. This is one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Food has always been my go to comfort.
But I’m trying to change that.
So from now on, for me, diet just means way of eating. It is not restrictive. It is not negative. It is just my source of energy. Which I will need lots of, thanks to my trainer!
Now, where are my raw almonds? My tummy is yelling at me to eat!