Give Up the Fad Dieting! It Doesn’t Have to be That Hard! all get super excited as the new year rolls over. It’s a jumping off point to start to make changes, feel better about ourselves, set goals, and get our health back on track. But it’s also the perfect time for big companies, book writers, and every celebrity health guru to push every fad diet out there in your face!

Literally, while on the treadmill at the gym last week, not even really paying attention to the tv put more concerned with getting all the words down to my new favorite song. 🙂 I caught the tail end of two infomercials, a Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers commercial, some new diet called the “Scrap Diet,” (What the heck is that!) and a man on the Today Show talking about his new book “The Miracle Berry Diet!” So now you can drink water with lemon, take this new miracle berry (found in West Africa) that they’ve turned into a  pill and it’ll change the taste of the water to make it taste like lemonade! This guy is a big time chef and seems to have stumbled across something huge! And it will probably be the next big thing so I say kudos to him!! But, seriously it still doesn’t change the fact that you’re taking some kind of pill to change the way you eat, lose weight, speed up your metabolism, or whatever you’re looking to do for the “quick fix.” ( I know I get a lot fired up about this logic.)

It doesn’t have to be that hard! I think we end up torturing ourselves more than we really have too. And I’m not knocking Weight Watchers, etc. They have a lot of success stories but you never see the people who it didn’t work for! Diets are hard, strenuous on the body, you’re cutting out so much of what you love to eat, it only leaves you grumpy, short fused, and miserable. (Have you seen someone detoxing off of coffee-Yikes!)
These kinds of diets still leave you eating out of a plastic container, a card board box, or tin foil-all loaded with chemicals, sodium, and low on nutrients. Eating well takes a little more time, planning, and sometimes costs a little more at the grocery store, but in the long run you feel better, you lower your BMI, cholesterol, glucose levels, you start having more energy, sleep better, and you start seeing  results. The yo-yo diets leave you heart-broken, frustrated, giving up, and starving.

All it takes is a little determination, will-power, and time. Things aren’t going to dramatically change in two days or a week. But if you give yourself and your body time to heal, you will begin to notice the changes in your health, body, mind, and spirit. All you have to do is set some health goals for yourself or your family. Shop the perimeter of the grocery stores, avoid the center isles as much as possible! Buy whole foods, items with one or two ingredients, find a little extra time to prepare the meals, change your mind about all the coffee, candy, chips, soda, and junk you consume regularly and choose to eat them in moderation. These types of food are supposed to be a treat. We, as humans tend to over-indulge ourselves ALL the time. And we lose the satisfaction of actually “treating ourselves.”

All these wacky diets, crazy procedures, cooky pills, and boat loads of information they constantly push on us every day, all day through the tv, radio, magazines, and books doesn’t have to consume your life and leave you disgruntled and disappointed. Just choose to eat healthy for a healthy lifestyle, it’s a simple as that! So save yourself the money on all the new diet books out there and buy a little more greens for salad and vow to eat one at least once a day. Make that your first step! Start by changing one thing at a time to see the life long difference.

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

5 thoughts on “Give Up the Fad Dieting! It Doesn’t Have to be That Hard!

    • Thank you for stopping by! And thank you for the comment! I almost didn’t post it because I’m always afraid to offend someone out there. And sometimes I get so wound up about things that I feel strongly about. People tend to take it to heart! So thank you for your support!!

    • Thanks Vanessa for stopping by! So glad you agree too! I tend to get a little overly passionate about this whole issue! 😉 I have a hard time understanding why we make it so hard on ourselves when all you have to do is choose to take care of yourself! Happy to see there are others out there that agree with me!

  1. Well done, excellent points! I have called this “it has to be hard to work for me” thinking: the ‘pennance principle’. You know . . . “if I don’t suffer, then I haven’t earned it.” Don’t you just wish (in our humanity of course) that we could just shake common sense into people?! Thanks for another great post.

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