Not too long ago, dieting and healthy eating seemed to consist of figuring out all the things you had to cut out of your meals while somehow not starving yourself to death. As a matter of fact, there are still men and women who decide they want to lose a little weight by cutting out sugar, bread, desserts, or avoiding fried foods completely. Or they want to improve their blood pressure and cholesterol so they cut out salt, meat or dairy all at once. The problem with these subtraction diets is that most people don’t think about what their diets will be missing without those foods. The protein, vitamins, and minerals or sharp drop in carbohydrates will affect blood sugar, iron levels and create other deficiencies within the body. I had to learn the hard way when I thought that a ‘vegetarian’ diet was something that I could just choose – not true for an anemic who doesn’t adequately substitute for all of the nutrients that animal based products provide.
It took a little while for popular diet and health companies to ditch formulaic ‘diets’ and pay closer attention to their consumer’s actual diet: what they ate on a daily basis. Those old school all cabbage, all liquid, and all diet pill diets still exist and people are still crashing into weight loss walls every time. But long term success has been proven to happen in the lives of those who research and organize with a physician or dietician. These plans utilize the state of health of the individual, their nutritional necessities, activity level, and preferences to create a balance that the man or woman can be excited about each day. There’s no need to dread some lumpy shake, some foul smelling pills, or some bland boiled seaweed. There are too many varieties of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, grains, dairy, fish, poultry and meat to combine with spices and different preparation techniques to ever get bored with any daily, healthy diet ever again.