- Main word: diet
- Pronunciation: \ˈdī-ət\
- Function: noun
- Etymology: Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one's life
I suspect that many of you reading have tried a plethora of diets in your short lifetime. I have as well, and that should come as no surprise given that I was on Phen-Fen when I was 14 and went to fat camp for 9 weeks every year for 5 years (get ready for a new series of fat camp follies coming up soon!).
The word “diet,” as many of you know, was derived from Latin and Greek, meaning (as stated above) “manner of living.” If I had known that when I was younger, maybe I would have had lightbulb moments that I couldn't sustain eating cabbage soup my entire life, or be happy doing it. On the flipside, I also should have known and recognized that I couldn't eat loaded cheese fries with extra ranch and a chicken finger salad with hot bacon/honey mustard dressing for dinner every night (+5 points if you can identify the restaurant those delicious yet destructive foods are from). It's just not sustainable.
I don't ask that people agree with what I eat right now. Yep, I eat a lot of fat and protein and no sugar or bread. The reason it worked for me in the past, and the reason it is working right now, is that I can truly make it a way of life. My sister, on the other hand, lives her life as a vegetarian, doing lots of cleanses and juice fasts (or juice feasts as some like to call them). I liked the idea of juicing and raw foods (for like 2 seconds) so I went out and bought a very expensive juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. I loved the taste of the juice: carrots, apples, ginger and pear- yum! But all the sugars, even though natural, still never sat with me right. And I was freaking hungry. All the time. Should have guessed that since my sister is barely a size 2 and I was approaching a size 32 that our metabolisms and bodies might react differently to different diets. Doh!
So today, after 4 months of it collecting dust and only having used it about 1 month, much to the delight of hubs, I sold it to someone, whose body and mind can handle and sustain a diet of raw food and juice. Hopefully this is the last time I'll fall for doing something that I inherently know in the back of my mind that I can't sustain for life.
What crazy diets have you done that looking back at, you realize you were loco to even try it in the first place?