On her way out the door, a friend who wants to lose weight asked me, “Do you eat bread? Carbs are bad right? What about pasta?” As a health coach I get questions like that alot. I suggested she focus on including more nutritious foods IN her diet, not on what is bad. Put your energy towards what will make you feel good and spend less time worrying about restricting yourself.
In a way, she’s right. I don’t eat highly processed breads and other carbohydrates often because they aren’t nutritious, as far as our bodies are concerned white flour is sugar. I do eat carbohydrates such as whole grains regularly especially oatmeal, quinoa, millet and more. But, that’s a blog for another day.
Restrictions and lists of taboo foods usually only work temporarily and tend to make us feel deprived. Many of us are more receptive to the positive. What will make you feel good? What should you be eating? What should you include in your routine? I tend to think more about what I need to add to my diet, not what I should take away.
Instead of NO SUGAR, NO CARBS, NO FAT, say YES WATER, YES VEGGIES, YES SLEEP!