So many of us seem to be on a never-ending search for “the perfect diet.” As a registered dietitian, I have heard it time and time again: “What should I eat? Is this diet better than that diet?”
Well, I have good news and bad news. There is no such thing as the perfect diet! Some of you may see this as bad news. You might be thinking, if there’s no perfect diet, how will I get to my perfect weight? If that’s what you’re thinking, I have more upsetting news for you. There is no perfect weight! Even the weight charts your doctor has that tell you if you’re in the “normal weight range” can’t tell you what you should weigh. Those charts were developed studying entire populations, and can in no way tell us what any one individual should weigh.
So what’s the good news here? We can relax a little when it comes to food, knowing that there is no one way we all need to be eating. There are as many different ways of eating as there are people in the world who eat. Your body is the expert when it comes to knowing how to feed it. And it’s sending us messages all the time! But because we are constantly looking outside ourselves for guidance on what to eat, we stop hearing those messages. We ignore the signals our bodies patiently give us that wisely guide us to what we need.
What are some of the messages our bodies give us? Do any of these sound familiar?
- Heart burn
- Low energy
- Frequent colds
- Tired after eating
- Mood swings
- Binge eating
These are some of the ways the body talks to us. It’s saying something we are doing isn’t working. Sometimes the solution is obvious, other times it takes a lot of trial and error to find what works. But all of it requires us to pay attention.
So take a moment now. Is your body telling you anything at the moment? If you haven’t listened in a while, it can be hard to know. You don’t need to be perfect at this either, just practice tuning in and notice. The next time you find yourself searching OUT THERE for the answers, catch yourself, get quiet, and focus on your body.