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Food is an important part of a balanced diet

April 9th, 2016 by Synergy

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”
~Fran Lebowitz
 It is hard to grasp the concept of food just being food: something delicious for us to enjoy (Markey, 2015). More often than not, we feel the need to deprive ourselves of certain types of food in order to lose weight and live healthy. All this seems to do is make us want those “bad” foods more. Well, I have good news for you. You don’t need to diet to lose weight. You don’t need to diet to live healthy. You don’t need to diet, period. There is a better way.

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Life is hydrated, colorful, and active.
Start your day off with a glass of lemon water. “Lemon water flushes out toxins, balances your pH, assists in weight loss, and boosts your immune system (Freytag, 2014).” It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day as well. Staying hydrated has many benefits including fighting infection, boosting energy, improving productivity, and keeping skin clear.

Eat fresh foods that come in a variety of colors, and that are as close to their natural state as possible (Freytag, 2014). Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts.

Be sure to stay active. You don’t have to run a marathon the first week you start exercising. Start small, with an energizing walk, and then build up to more intense workouts. The goal is to stay active and move every day.

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Don’t DIET. Instead, EDIT what you eat.
A simple rearranging of the letters in the word DIET provides us with a much more manageable solution; EDIT what you eat (Freytag, 2014). Healthy eating is not a depravation plan; it is a lifestyle. It isn’t about saying no to yourself, it is about saying yes! Diets give you rules to follow. Healthy eating gives you control. After all, isn’t control what we are seeking?


Don’t beat yourself up.
Every day is a clean slate. If you made a bad choice yesterday, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just make a better choice today, and stop feeling guilty if you indulge every so often. Set realistic goals for yourself and keep a positive mindset. If you are trying to lose weight, keep in mind that results don’t occur overnight. Start small, don’t compete with other (or compare yourself to others), and continue to encourage yourself to achieve greater things.

It starts with LOVE and ACCEPTANCE,
If you do not love and accept yourself as you are right now, you will never reach your goals. This is the hardest and most important concept to grasp and put into practice. You can’t expect to see a change if you continue to dislike or even loathe yourself. You must first accept yourself for who you are, and what you look like…flaws and all. Your thoughts and mindset will control your actions. Encourage yourself every day. Look at yourself in the mirror and speak positive words of encouragement and love to yourself. Stay positive, and stop comparing yourself to others.


Freytag, chris. 2014. 101 Fitness Tips That Rock. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/smart-people-don-t-diet/201509/10-fantastic-food-and-fitness-quotes
Markey, Charlotte. (2015). 10 Fantastic Food and Fitness Quotes. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/smart-people-don-t-diet/201509/10-fantastic-food-and-fitness-quotes