People often assume that the reason I don’t eat sugar and processed food is because I am on a diet and it is something I am partaking in short-term to lose weight. The definition of a diet (according to google) is “restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” Which, for me is a limited way of looking at what should a wholistic approach.
I choose to live a positive healthy lifestyle in order to be the healthiest, happiest version of myself and not as an attempt to lose weight.
A lifestyle to me is what foods I choose to eat, just as someone would choose to be paleo or vegetarian. In my case, whole and real foods is what I eat as part of my diet (not to be confused with dieting) and I plan on eating this way for life, and I think that is what confuses people. For some people actively sticking to a way of eating seems hard and requires time and commitment, when, in fact, it requires knowledge, motivation and determination. At first it is hard, for your body and taste buds to adapt, you have to learn about what foods are important in a healthy lifestyle, foods that will give you the energy you need to thrive and fuel you for the day. Foods that will benefit your body rather than effect it negatively and foods that are palatable. After you get past that first stage you have to experiment, find and try recipes and save the ones you love, limit or remove the foods that you wish to remove and finding the time to cook and plan your meals.
It may feel like forever but once you break your unhealthy food habits and you educate yourself you will find your body and taste buds adapting and also feeling happier and healthier, you won’t feel like you need those sugary and processed foods to keep you going through the day and eating healthy won’t feel like a diet but a positive lifestyle.
I encourage you to give it a try and take notice of the changes in not only your taste buds and body but your attitude to life.