That's right folks, today I'm sharing with you a new diet, thats going to be a sensation. It might even become a giant trend if we want it to.
This diet is so bad ass, and so cutting edge that its breaking ALL the rules. EVERY SINGLE RULE ever established by any previous diet leader.
If you join me in this diet, there will be no one telling you anymore what it is you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT be eating. There will be no one judging you, no one thinking they are better than you.. and if they dare think this way- you will be able to laugh at their antics and move on your happy way, because you will know exactly how you should be eating.
Lets talk about the problem.
Somehow diets are now becoming quite dogmatic- religions in a way. Within each diet plan communities are emerging of like minded people, following the same rules and holding each other accountable to the "rules". While yes, this has many perks- as feeling part of a community is wonderful! And you may have improved your overall eating habits and feel better as a whole by changing your diet. All wonderful and positive.
This great thing turns ugly when you start to think and believe that YOUR WAY IS THE ONLY WAY to be healthy.
The moment you chastise someone else, the moment you preach that everyone should eat the way you do. You have crossed a line.
The fact is- We are ALL different. And frankly different diet plans are going to work for different people. There are people that don't digest meat well, others that do terrible eating grains. Some thrive on nightshade veggies, others do not. Some people feel amazing eating a pure raw diet, others bloat up like a blimp if they consume all the raw roughage.
To follow the "Eat whats best for YOU" Diet. There are 3 rules.
- The #1 rule is that there are no rules. Thats right.. none. You don't have to listen to a thing anyone else tells you. While its always smart to do research and educate yourself, and to pay attention to the positives coming out of trends- you don't have to buy into everything that you read, and then feel guilty if you don't do it all.
- Eat what makes you feel BEST. This might take a little trial and error, and a lot of people don't want to be bothered with that process. But, it works, I promise. Eat what makes you feel great, avoid what doesn't. Its that simple.
- Don't judge others. Ever. Support them in their journey to heal or lose weight by caring and allowing them to figure out what works best for them. (You can offer suggestions of things that helped you, but do not ever tell them they have to do it too, and that if they don't that they will never get better, never lose weight etc.)
If you are listening to your body, and doing what makes it feel best, then you are literally giving yourself the most loving and compassionate gift possible.
Feel free to use the various diets as your starting point- to help structure you, and to inspire you. There is a lot of great concepts and ideas out there that may really help you. But don't make them your bible just because you have been told to do so!
With that being said, I'm officially done with referring to myself as Paleo. I now follow the Brittany Angell Diet. Its kind of like Paleo, but its also kind of not. I'll eat peanuts here and there, I'll also eat real french fries once in awhile if I want. I use psyllium in my recipes sometimes, and I eat xylitol. And I feel GREAT! My autoimmune disease is in remission, I have more energy than I have in years- and most importantly I feel happy. There's no sense of deprivation here.
If I could I would drop all the diet titles from my recipes I would. I will keep them intact to only make searching for recipes online easy. But the fact is, I want nothing to do with any of them. I want my recipes to be about food. Good, real, healthy, happy food.
Lets start a revolution. A revolution that supports the idea that people know their own bodies best.
Lets eat healthy, be happy and STOP judging one another. We all love good food. Lets embrace that and support one another!
I am here to support you. In whatever diet you choose.
Cheers to a healthy me and a healthy you!
Ps. You should know that I am no saint. About a year ago I yelled at my father for eating gluten, I gave my husband the silent treatment for "cheating" on the diet I created for him, I even told my cookbook co-author exactly how she was to go about getting better, and got mad when she would not listen. The truth is- this notion of telling others what to eat, and how to live usually comes from a place of love. We care and want to help others get better! None of us are perfect, and falling into the role of a food police officer is easy to do. A little awareness can go a long way- lets start supporting each other in a better way!