Simply put, to each their own.
I haven’t always been so zen about this topic. For years, I gave into whatever dogmatic bullsh*t the fitness industry was spewing at us and would evangelize at any chance I got.
At age 12, I gave up “Red Meat” (that actually lasted until age 28 but that story will be for another day).
In high school, I stopped at the school store three times a day to get a 75 cent Diet Coke and a bagel with “lite” cream cheese (among other awful habits).
In college, I joined Weight Watchers, took diet pills and put Crystal Light in my Vodka.
Right out of college, I lived on rice cakes, Lean Cuisine, cheap red wine and sugar-free Red Bull.
When my then boyfriend/now husband discovered CrossFit back in 2006, we “Zoned Out” (If I never eat fat-free cottage cheese with Splenda and natural peanut butter again it will be too soon).
I’ve tried juice cleanses and the Crazy Sexy Diet, the Lean Pocket Diet (I invented that when I was unemployed), a bodybuilder template, The Clean Eating Diet, I drank more smoothies and pressed juices than I’d like to admit. Oh and I tried Ayurveda, Mediterranean, and Macrobiotics for a hot minute.
Did I mention the Diet Tea? Unless you want to spend your weekend reading magazines and counting bathroom tiles, stay far away from herbal remedies that claim to encourage weight loss.
And the salads! So many damn salads.
When I joined Crossfit in 2011, I was the biggest A-hole Paleo-Perfectionist. Whenever I’m scrolling Facebook and my “On This Day” comes up from 2011-2013, I cringe.
Woven through all of these diets and fads were awful binges and unhealthy overdoses of sugar, processed food, and alcohol. What a sh*t show.
Since then, I’ve done RP Fitness, Whole 30 (like five times), the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, the 21 Day Sugar Detox, and a year or so of Macro Counting.
All that to say, to each their own.
These dietary experiments have taught me a lot about myself and the tumultuous relationship we all have with what we eat and drink.
I liken my somewhat new-found view of dieting to my Graduate school thesis,
“Differentiating Instruction for All Learners.”
If all students learn differently due to individualized experiences and genetics, why then wouldn’t we look at other aspects of a person’s life in the same way? We all are aiming at the same long-term goal (health, happiness, longevity, superior quality of life, etc.), but how we get the “student” on the right path will vary.
Each of us is so unique. To say that one diet or one way of doing anything really is the best or the only way, would be shortsighted.
If we shift our focus to the things that make us healthier, soon there will be no room left for that which makes us sick.
Individualized Instruction or the Bio-individuality theory has a much broader reach than just our dietary choices.
“To everything, There is a season and a time to every purpose, under heaven” – The Byrds
- As in nature, we have seasons in our lives. Over the years, what diets have worked for you that no longer suit you today?
- What did you learn about yourself in the process?
- What now?