Rethinking The Diet
What is diet?
Before digging into your food habits and the dieting beliefs of this modern world, let’s explore the word “diet.” If you were to ask the person next to you, or the teenager sitting at your table what the word “diet” meant, chances are the response you will get has something to do with losing weight. It will often include a restriction principle, such as “person A is no longer allowed to eat X, Y, or Z. However, diet is simply the foods we eat and the manners in which we eat them; they are our personal or even societal food habits.
For example, many communities or even entire nations have typical diet habits. Often, diets are influenced by what is around us. For example, the countries and communities based in the Mediterranean eat lots of plant-based foods and fish. Historically, this is because of what is available to eat. Their climate and proximity to the ocean emphasizes these two food groups.
Dieting and body norms in the US
In the United States, we are constantly bombarded with body expectations and new and trending food habits. What is bad for you one day is good for you the next. One day we are told to avoid all carbohydrates and the next we’re told not to leave them by the wayside.
Information is always competing with each other. Often people are left feeling confused and conflicted about what to eat and how to lose weight. While in general, our culture needs to face the US standards of health and body image, it is important for individuals to find health and happiness. The US does not necessarily have a widely spread, accepted diet. So how do we address our own health, body image, weight, without constantly subjecting bodies to new food trends and diet standards? Simple, You have to search within yourself.
Addressing your own habits
The most common mistake individuals make is adopting new food habits without first confronting what is natural or habitual to them. That is, what is your personal diet? This includes the “what” and “when” and even more difficultly the “why”:
- You eat
- You crave
- You avoid
- You currently believe to be “healthy” or “unhealthy”
- You eat
- When you crave
- When you avoid
But more importantly, we also need to address the “why” and “how.” How we feel when we eat and why we feel that way when we eat. Most often, the answers of why we feel how we feel after eating “good” foods or “bad” foods are so deeply connected with society expectations.
Rethinking Your Needs
As individuals, it is important to learn how to separate needs from those influenced by others and those true to the individual self. Steve Worley, author of The Core Reset Diet, is a leader and mentor in this field. Worley introduces the use of focusing on personal circadian rhythm to help individuals tap into their emotional and spiritual intuition.
Worley believes that no diet or specialist knows exactly what your body needs. Why is this so important? Because you may be able to superficially convince yourself that ice cream or even salad is the healthiest choice. But if you don’t listen to your actually needs, often emotional relapse is common and it is very hard to reach weight or health goals.
The Core Reset Diet is based on the idea that once you are able to use your spiritual intuition, you can sit with your diet (whatever it is you choose to explore!) and wade through all the information to see what is best. Once the emotional and spiritual mode is connected to the body, it is much easier to find a balance for the physical body.
So while many of these studies are important to help society avoid foods that might truly be dangerous or problematic (think high fructose corn syrup, cigarettes, candy, etc), it is important to find yourself within all that information. By using techniques like the Core Reset Diet, you can try new foods and habits, process them, and see how they fit with your circadian rhythm.