Why is the world so obsessed with dieting? Please, don’t answer that! The truth is I know the answer. I just can’t believe it. For decades people have been writing diet books and we buy them. Over the years there have been thousands, some flop within a few weeks and others (such as The Zone and Atkins) hang around for years. It’s almost like we can’t wait for the next one to come out- all with the hope that maybe this new one will be the one that works; the one that magically helps us have the body we always wanted. Before you diet your way to death- consider a new approach. Consider a life of wellness.
When I tell people that I am a registered dietitian they often ask, “What do you do?” My reply, “I help people understand the power that proper food choices have on our health and physical performance.” Then I start to explain my programs and the types of clients that I work with. I explain wellness and what that means. It seems simple enough. So why is wellness so hard to accomplish.
If you look up the definition of wellness, here is what you get:
- From Wikipedia: A healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.
- From Dictionary.com: an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
As a registered dietitian, I like to blend these definitions. If we eat right, get plenty of physical activity, get proper sleep and feel good about how we are living our lives, then we are already taking steps to prevent illness and prolong life by incorporating our mind, body and spirit. All of these things add to the quality of our lives and give us the best chance for life-long health and happiness.
Simple tips to work toward wellness:
- Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night
- Drink water throughout the entire day
- Eat the right foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts and seeds
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day
Is that so hard?