All Diets Say the Same Thing

I was at work the other day when my boss and I came across a headline saying “The Fertility Diet”… the fertility diet? Isn’t fertility a natural, biological thing that means females can produce offspring. It is natural; it happens naturally; it is supposed to happen.

“What is this?” I gasped somewhat laughing at this newest marketing scheme. What gets me is that all the diets that are marketed for different chronic diseases or physical conditions are all treated by similar dietary guidelines just marketed to appeal to various audiences. All findings point towards eating whole foods; eat less processed foods and more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Why can’t there be an article claiming “DON’T DIET, FIND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE”?

Healthy lifestyle are much more productive and effective than constantly feeling the need to diet in order to lose weight and feel good. Why not work with what you have, what you eat, what you do and modify it in ways you, personally, feel that you are capable of maintaining. If you cannot give up the soda everyday, then cut it down to 5 days a week. If you do not like lifting weights, try Zumba or spinning to see if they add any enjoyment. If you do not like steamed broccoli, try to roast it with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

There are always roadblocks, excuses, challenges but there are also always ways around those barriers. Sometimes it requires a little bit of creativity, patience, and effort, but the ability to develop and adapt to a new, healthy way of living does exist.

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