It is estimated that at any given moment about 108 million Americans are following a diet. I would offer that everyone is on a diet. What I mean by that is if you eat, you are on a diet or a habitual pattern of eating. Typical Americans are on the pizza and burgers diet, alcoholics are on a liquid diet, and, according to my latest bank statement, I’m on the Starbucks coffee diet.
A diet is a way of eating. The way you eat regardless of what amount of effort or planning and regardless of if it is a “good” or “bad” diet. What you eat most of the time is your diet. Chances are most people would not buy most other people’s diet book.
Your Diet Is The Starting Point For Success
Since no one is buying your diet plan, it may be worth asking “why not”? Eating or obtaining nourishment is one of most basic needs of any single celled organism, plant, or animal. Man included. The nutrition obtained from food decides how well we are meeting this basic need. If you are leaving this basic requirement of life to chance, you are leaving YOUR life to chance. The more nutrition you obtain from your diet the more successful you will be at meeting other higher level needs. These needs include health, fitness, safety, economic security, and even love and career. Your diet determines your success in life.
The Diet Environment Has Changed
Many people, in particular men, eat whatever they want. Never giving any thought to what it is they need. If it taste good, we eat it. There was a time in man’s history where sweet meant “good” and bitter meant “bad”. The environment from which we chose food was much different at that time. We procured food by foraging, hunting, and gathering in forests and grasslands. Now our forest is the isles of the grocery store where we forage for snacks, we hunt for pizza that’s “not delivery. Its…”, all the while we gather fat around our mid-sections.
The food environment is no less dangerous than when we were in the wild. Discern what is real nourishing food from what is chemically engineered formulations designed to make you eat more and that can make you sick and fat.
What makes our current food environment even more dangerous is deception in the form of slick, gimmicky marketing. “Try our low calorie, low fat snack. It’s lite, so it’s better!” We fear calories and fat like they are poison. Propaganda turned out by the government tells us so. “Eat less calories, weigh less.” “Eat less fat, be healthy.” “Never mind sugar. It’s just a carbohydrate that is lower in calories, so its better” This has been the doctrine of the USDA since the 1960’s. Yet, we are fatter and sicker than we have ever been. It makes little sense to trust an agency that is responsible for the food supply with agriculture as well as creating the demand with nutrition guidelines, but this is exactly what the USDA does.
Change Your Diet, Change Your Life
Unfortunately I have no definitive answers to the diet dilemma. What I do offer is this. If you do not like the way your life is going and you are not as successful as you want to be, you need to check your diet. Make a conscious informed choice what you buy at the grocery store the food industry or the world will decide for you with bright Television ads and food guide pyramids. Put your self on the diet you believe is right or the world will put you on it’s diet.