Does the word "diet" immediately make you think of an unachievable weight-loss plan? Suddenly you are on a heightened alert for dieting tips, dieting food, dieting pills... you get the picture!
You are not alone - trust me.
Instead of enjoying shared meals with loved and friends, we are constantly thinking about the effect the food will have on out weight - assuming everything we eat will increase of size in a matter of minutes.
We need to learn to relax around food. Stop looking at it like it's the enemy! Without it we wouldn't survive very long, and there are people out there that would give everything they owned to share that meal with you!
Lose the GUILT people! Lighten up!
The word 'diet', in marketing terms, generally describes something that is low calorie, low fat, (potentially low flavour) and not very appealing at all.
The word 'diet' though, should simply mean the food and drink an individual consumes each day and the mental and physical circumstances connected to eating.
Nutrition, (another well known word often thrown about) is just as important as diet.
It involves more than simply eating a 'low calorie' meal. It is about nourishment on every level.
When we 'put' ourslevs on a diet, we can directly or indirectly be affecting our relationships with those closest to us. Our family and friends, are directly effected but what about the wider picture too?
What about nature (the environment), our bodies, our community, and the world.
Choices about nourishment are very much linked to other human beings and other life forms on this planet, so healthy (and unhealthy) decisions have a great impact.