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3 Tips to Evaluate The Diet Du Jour

Posted March 25, 2014 by Katie Fleming in Life After Five
Quick – name as many diet trends/fads/cleanses/lifestyles/whatevers as possible!

Here’s what I came up with…

Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarianism, Atkins, Dukan Diet, Master Cleanse, Fruitarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Elimination Diet, Clean Eating, Juicing…that’s all I can think of so far without checking my buddy Google.  I think I did pretty well – I came up with those in about 20 seconds.

Did you come up with a lot?  Likely so.  What does that tell us?  For starters, it tells us that as a society, we are becoming more and more interested in health and nutrition overall, which is great!  Everywhere you turn, there’s a new article about the latest fitness trends, articles linking certain diets with alleviating physical ailments, and an almost overwhelming amount of healthy recipes to fit any eating regime.

Personally, I’ve tried a few of these.  Some out of plain curiosity (Paleo, Clean Eating), some out of wanting a challenge (Vegan), and some to see whether or not I have food sensitivities (Gluten Free).  While I do not currently follow a strict eating plan, I am excited for those who do.

Before you overhaul your pantries, check out 3 tips for commencing upon a new eating plan:

#1 Find your “Why”.  Your “why” is essentially your reason for dedicating yourself to this new eating regimen.  Before you commit yourself to anything, you always need a reason behind it.  For instance, many of us have the motivation to lose weight.  Wanting to lose weight is an unspecific goal.  Overhauling your eating and exercise plans is both mentally and physically exhausting – you need a strong, specific “why” in order to continue motivating yourself.  Here are some examples of strong, specific “Why” statements:

  • I want to lose weight so that I will reduce my risk for heart disease.
  • I want to eat Paleo because I have done my research, and strongly believe in the health benefits.
  • I want to lead a Vegan lifestyle because I am firmly against humans using animals for their own means.

#2 Do your research.  First, consult with your doctor.  Other avenues are to check in with a nutritionist, read as many well-reputed articles as possible, and talk with your friends.  You will want to know the changes you should expect in your body, your mind (cravings!), and in your daily life.  You should also spend some creative time coming up with healthy, nutrient-dense recipes that you’ll enjoy.  The better prepared you are, the better you’ll be able to handle the challenges as they come!

#3.  Allow yourself some room for a transitional period.  Start by transitioning one meal at a time.  For example, introduce Paleo breakfasts for the first week.  The second week, continue Paleo breakfasts, and introduce Paleo lunches.  Third week, introduce Paleo dinners, continuing with the already transitioned breakfasts and lunches. This way, you’ll allow yourself some extra time to stock your pantry, create or find recipes, and simply get used to your new eating plan.


Editor’s noteCareer Girl Network does not endorse any type of nutritional change without a doctor’s approval first.


About the Author

Katie Fleming

Katie earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University, and is currently a Crisis Therapist in Chicago. Her therapy interests include health and wellness, relationships, trauma, and crisis. Katie is also a therapist with a group practice in Arlington Heights. Katie is thrilled to be a part of Career Girl Network, helping to guide all Career Girls towards overall physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Katie is passionate about animal rescue, running, and yoga. She is the proud dog mom of Gulliver and Duke!