How do you define diet?

If you look up the word diet in the dictionary it has six definitions as a noun. Of those six definitions four of them are completely innocuous references to diet as something natural, normal and common. One reference refers to diet with regard to changing health in the same way an athlete would or someone with a specific ailment or allergy. Only one definition of six talks about diet to alter body composition most specifically to lose weight. And yet of the many trillions of times that word is used every single day it is definition number three below that is most often targeted.

1. Food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health.

2. A particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease.

3. Such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight.

4. The foods eaten, as by a particular person or group.

5. Food or feed habitually eaten or provided.

6. Anything that is habitually provided or partaken of.

And yet with all the effort, concern, worry and angst, not to mention the money wasted and further illness caused we are fatter than ever before.

So what is the answer? Why are we working harder and seeing fewer lasting results?

Far more often than not the answer is stress. However, during initial consults of my clients most of them deny having significant stress. It is only through in depth questioning and examination that they come to realize that stress has become such a constant part of their lives they don’t even recognize it as such.

Instead they are treating the symptoms of stress such as indigestion, poor sleep, binge or overeating, food cravings etc. Often times they look at these symptoms as indicators of some personal failing to be corrected instead of what it is which is a common, but harmful adaptation to modern life.

My challenge to my readers today is take a closer look at your life and see what areas of stress you might be overlooking and how you can reduce it. It’s possible that you find by reducing the stress the additional things you were stressing about seem considerably less important and the progress you were agonizing over starts happening much easier.

 

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