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Since many of us may be thinking about getting back on track after summer BBQs, I thought I’d share how I like to ease back into a healthy routine. It is simple to follow and diet-agnostic. By “diet”, I simply mean “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” I’m not referring to the second definition of diet which is “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”. The word “diet” seems to have taken on this more negative connotation these days. People are judged for not eating healthy as much as they are for “being on a diet”. As Joey from Full House would say, “cut it out!” Personally, I think food should be enjoyable, fun, and make you feel happy. And since what we each find enjoyable, fun, and makes us feel happy can be different, also will our food. However, I do think balance is key and believe you’d be hard-pressed to feel happy if only eating unhealthy foods. Maybe immediately, yes (I certainly feel happier while eating a bowl of Annie’s mac-and-cheese). But after long you start feeling tired. Negative. Perhaps even depressed (more and more studies show how our diet can impact our mental health). And so, as much as I LOVE summer BBQs, I’ll admit that by September I’m ready to feel like myself again. At the same time, I’m not quite ready to give up the yummy foods I’ve been enjoying – both healthy and otherwise. So I’ve started to use the strategy I talk about in today’s video to get back on track. It works for me because I do better by easing in versus going cold turkey (but hey, if you can do the latter then I applaud you). Perhaps it will work for you too. After you watch, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below to let us know what you’ve found to work for you. I’m sure we can all learn some new ideas!

Post Author: Nicole Marie Finch

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