I’ve learned so much this week about diets and dietary theories! There are thousands upon millions of diet books out in the marketplace today; The Fast Metabolism Diet, The Lose Your Belly Diet, Dash Diet, The Case Against Sugar Diet, Super Shred Diet, Body Reset Diet, The Negative Calorie Diet, The New Atkins For The New You Diet, are you confused yet? Because I can do this all day…
The truth is, there are a lot of great, nutritious diet plans out there and the trick is to find which one works for you. And, to realize, it may work for you today, but 6 months from now, your body may need something different. We call this Bio-Individuality. One person’s food is another person’s poison. The fact is, men eat differently than women. Teens eat differently than older people. Very young children need more food than someone in their 60’s, etc. Here’s another example, you can’t tell a construction worker who’s on the go for 8-10 hours a day that fasting is right for him. It may be – but you get the idea. There is no ‘perfect diet’.
One area of nutrition that, at this point, fascinates me is Macrobiotics. Macrobiotics, with its brown rice, beans, sea vegetables, and Asian yin-yang philosophy of finding balance in life for health and vitality, was the original counterculture diet back in the ’60s. It’s actually been around much longer than that.
A macrobiotic diet isn’t just about your weight – it’s about achieving balance in your life. It promotes a healthier, more holistic long-term lifestyle for men, women, and children that encompass mental outlook as well as food choices. Macrobiotic dieters are encouraged to eat regularly, chew their food extremely well, listen to their bodies, stay active, and maintain a positive mental outlook. And eat real food. By real, I mean food that comes from nature, in its simplest form. This makes sense to me! Here’s an example of an unbalanced life; over the past few years, when my husband would come home from work, he’d start to raid the fridge and/or the pantry, looking for and eating anything that looked remotely appetizing. He would continually say “I’ve got to lose weight” but then go on his eating spree. I finally told him, “I don’t think you have an eating disorder, I think you have a career disorder” which started a whole other conversation that we can get into later. The fact is, he wasn’t really hungry, he was just stressed. And eating made him feel better for a short period of time but terrible about himself and his weight long-term. He needed a balanced life, which I’m happy to report he’s embracing.
On my macrobiotic learning quest, I started reading the benefits of wheatgrass. Here are just a few of the health benefits of wheatgrass:
Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, I and K. It is extremely rich in protein (who knew!) and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. I’m feeling healthier just telling you about it 😉
So, this morning, I took the challenge and made my own wheatgrass shot! I bought a package of fresh wheatgrass at my local health food store. Put some wheatgrass and just a bit of filtered water in my Magic Bullet and blended it for about 1 minute. Put that through a strainer and voila – Linda’s very own wheatgrass shot! I liked the taste and loved the smell! It reminded me of the first few weeks of Summer and freshly cut grass. I encourage you to try it and tell me what you think.
What diets have you tried that worked and made you feel great? That didn’t work? I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to your own path!