One of my favorite chefs, Chef Jamie Oliver, has a great food philosophy. He says food is one of the greatest joys in life, and to celebrate that, we should always enjoy what we eat, but in a balanced and healthy way. We are in a culture surrounded by the latest trends in diets, cleanses, and the quickest paths to lose the most weight. This often means depriving ourselves, or slurping down pints of green sludge with some protein powder. So how can we achieve balance and health, and at the same time be able to enjoy the food that we eat?
Balancing vs. Dieting
I don't know about you, but I personally have tried too many different diets to count. I hear this from patients all the time, that after all the dieting, at some point, not only is it not helping weight loss, they stopped enjoying cooking or eating, Don't let the intent behind the diet--to lose weight-- weigh you down! Don't let emotions like guilt, shame, and boredom take over the joy of food. We should all stop dieting, and start balancing.
This is the good part, the part where I'm going to share with you the secret to healthy eating---are you ready?