Everyone, including me, loves restrictive dieting because it is so good for us! I’ve tried to restrict my diet in so many ways because I thought it would have the desired effect, i.e 100% of the paleo diet is one that I tried. I did see some major benefits like less digestive issues, but I was driving myself up a wall not being able to eat my favorite foods (I am most definitely talking about sweets.)
At the beginning of the paleo diet, and other diets, I was able to do it 100%. I was able watch what I ate on that specific diet, but the thought of candy and ice cream started to pop into my head. The thoughts came more often, and then I would see something I used to eat often, and then I would overeat it. It was especially hard when I worked at Walmart, on the grocery side of the store.
I would so often see the sweets on the end of the aisles or in their specific aisles. I would soon think that the sweets were “talking to me,” (lol) and the voices would get louder. I would then have some candy, most often Reese’s, and then I would have more than one package knowing that it was not good for me. I would then feel guilty about how much of it I ate.
On top of the candy “talking to me” every time I would be doing a restrictive type diet, and then the guilt after I would overeat the candy or sweets, led me to believe that restricting my diet was a roller coaster ride that couldn’t be a good way to eat.
I soon realized that there had to be a better way. I started to see articles about restrictive dieting being detrimental to health because it takes into account psychological stress from obsessing over what you can’t eat. I then started seeing there are ways to “balance” your diet but not “restrict” your diet.
“Balancing” your diet, sounds similar but, can incorporate other lifestyle factors so that you feel happier about the food choices you make, and there fore healthier. “I have learned to balance my diet, so that when I do eat some sweets, I won’t feel as guilty.
One way that has worked for me is to aim for 10+ servings of veggies and fruit, along with some form of protein throughout the day,. That makes it so I am more full (increased fiber intake from the vegetables and fruits), so that I don’t want to eat any more, i.e, sweets.
It sounds like a lot of veggies and fruits but I can definitely tell a difference in a how I feel. I am able to have the occasional Reese’s or bowl of ice cream and not start that roller coaster ride.
I hope this shed some light on the people that may have this issue! I know what it is like!
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