The main reason why I don’t do diets: beer!!
But, seriously, I’ll get into why I don’t do diets in minute. Let’s first recap my eats!
Ok, beer really is a big reason though.
While I cooked dinner last night, I sipped on a Left Hand Milk Stout, which is one of my new favorite beers. I first tried it at Picco back in February, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It’s so smooth and flavorful—it’s definitely a sipper.
Left Hand actually makes a bunch of great beers, so if you haven’t checked out this brewery yet, please do!
On the menu for dinner last night: Shrimp & Avocado Omelets. They turned out great—delicious and super duper filling.
I added about a 1/2 cup of Plain Jane peanut butter granola that Lauren gave me yesterday. I ate a little bit of it after dinner last night and immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate it into breakfast this morning. Mmm!
- Sunday: Run to Remember Half Marathon
- Monday: 2 miles
- Tuesday: CrossFit (WOD includes 1 mile)
- Wednesday: 2 miles + CrossFit
- Thursday: 2 miles + CrossFit
- Friday: 2 miles
- Saturday: 2 miles
Why I Don’t Do Diets
The other day, I received this dieting infographic (click to enlarge) from DietDiva.com in my inbox:
The statistics on the right side didn’t really surprise me, but I found the graph on the left side to be really interesting.
It shows what percentage of your dietary intake comes from what food source on different popular diets. For example, if you decide to try a raw diet, you can see that most of your calories will come from grains, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. Where on a South Beach Diet, you will get almost equal amounts of each food group except for grains, and, surprisingly, it seems that this plan is high in sugars.
Interesting data, right? It’s really neat to see these different diets presented in this way. I’m not generally a fan of diets, but it’s still interesting to see how they stack up against one another. With that said, let me briefly explain why I don’t do diets—I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Paleo, so I want to explain that too.
Even though people say Paleo is a “way of life” or a “lifestyle,” I still see it as a diet. Basically, I see any way of eating that restricts or cuts out an entire food group(s) as a diet. Maybe some people can sustain a certain way of eating for the long-term, but, personally, I think life is too long to not enjoy all kinds of foods. I need cake in my life, dammit!
When I first started CrossFit, I tried a Paleo-esque diet. I never fully cut out grains or dairy—I love beer and cheese way too much to ever eliminate them—but I increased my intake of meat, veggies, and healthy fats (avocado, nuts, coconut), which satisfied me better than my previous way of eating and helped me take control of my sugar cravings. (I still can’t get over how my once-crazy sugar cravings are almost nonexistent now. Eating less sugar also helped me lose a few pounds!) Changing up how I ate with Paleo in mind helped me eat healthier overall, but sticking to a diet just isn’t for me.
The diet that works best for me is eating mostly fruits and vegetables (lots of bananas and sweet potatoes), meat, fish, beans, whole grains (quinoa, bulgur, barley), nuts, and nut butters. When I can, I try to avoid trans fats (obviously), wheat (it’s generally tough on the digestive system), and soy (check out Michael Pollan’s reasoning), but I’m not super strict with these things. I truly love food (both “good” and “bad” – this blog is called Carrots ‘N’ Cake after all), so I just try to do my best and balance my choices. I also never want to turn down a food I want to eat just because it’s not part of my diet.
Question of the Day
What do you think about diets? What is your way of eating?