— Weight is Not a Choice - Huffington Post Healthy Living, David Katz, M.D.
Diet tends to conjure up the notion of deprivation. A lot of us seem to think of it as a specific system or method that we follow for a certain period of time. But what the word diet really means is, “the sum of all your eating habits and behaviors.” Dr. Stoler explains that “diet” is not just an on and off thing, it’s what we do every day and all of the time. She says, “Too many people think of it as deprivation, excluding a certain food or food group, eating or not eating at certain times of the day, combining certain foods… But let’s just get back to basics with eating.”
OK but, “back to basics…” What does that even mean? And how can we apply it to the idea of weight loss or simply living a healthier life?
What Dr. Stoler means when she says, “back to basics,” is actually a really popular trend in the health and fitness field right now, and probably something you’ve heard before. It simply means eating foods closer to the way that they’re found in nature. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to haul everything in your pantry into the garbage and go buy the entire stock of organic produce from your local farmers market. It just means introducing more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and lean protein sources into your diet slowly over time."