I find nutrition to be a very difficult topic to research and even discuss. I have attempted to do all sorts of diets, but I never truly succeed at them. I start off doing well and then I fall back into my old habits. I have done Weight Watchers, attempted the paleo diet, tried going vegan and vegetarian, looked into the keto diet, South Beach, blood type diet, and probably a ton others. I have followed weight watchers the most faithfully and even lost a lot of weight; the thing is, once I stop counting points the weight comes right back on. There is so much information out there and with all the different diets and beliefs, it is difficult to know what one is the best. There is research that contradicts other research and you have to be really careful about who is actually funding and completing the research.
After trying out so many diets and failing, I have decided, after a bit of research, that the Mediterranean diet is the best one for me to follow. I feel like the Mediterranean diet has what I need to succeed in following it long-term. The only way to lose weight, maintain, and continue to eat healthy is to make it a lifestyle change. To make something a lifestyle, it has to be something that you can follow easily and not feel overly stressed following it.
What I like about the Mediterranean diet, other than flavors, is the strong belief that you should be eating whole, non-processed, non-refined foods, the belief that vegetables and fruits should be the main part of your meal, and that the social aspect is very important to meals. Taking time to enjoy your food and your company is so important to both our physical wellbeing as well as our emotional wellbeing. Take time to taste and enjoy the food instead of just eating it to fuel your body. Use food to fuel your body and your soul.
I have been doing a bit of research about the Mediterranean diet and, at least I think, I want to not only follow the northern Mediterranean diet, but the diet of North Africa and the diet of the Middle East. I believe the traditional Mediterranean diet consists of food from Italy, Southern France, Greece, Spain, and Portugal. I need to do more research, but I believe that all the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea are diets that are heavy in healthy foods.
My goal with changing up my diet is to eat good, whole, healthy foods. I also want to feed not only my body but my spirit. I think, from what I have read, the Mediterranean diet gives what I am looking for. It’s a diet rich in healthy, really great tasting foods with lots of amazing flavors. It’s also a diet that emphasizes time with others as well as time enjoying foods.
Do you follow a specific diet or do you just wing it? I’ve been winging it and it hasn’t been working, so it’s time to change it up and find something that works. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. I need to make changes so that i get the different results I want.