Diets: I've tried them all. And it's amazing how snippy people can get when their favorite plan of food control is attacked.(For instance, I hate weight watchers. Will always hate weight watchers. that might be a fun post for the future. But many people I know swear by it and love it and consider it to be a gift from God. OK, who am I to argue?) So I've learned to keep my mouth shut. I've read so many articles on nutrition that I could practically have a degree in the subject, and while I know what works for me, I am not about to say what works for someone else.
And how does one define a healthy diet? Everyone has their own ideas. I consider my diet to be healthy. I eat my fruits and veggies, much of them raw, I eat whole grain cereals and breads as long as they are sugar free (except for the occasional slice of lovely sourdough from Pannera which IS sugar free but not whole grain), I moderate my fat intake, but drink whole milk and eat cheese....and I absolutely don't. eat. sugar. I even make my own ketchup and occasionally mayonaise to avoid sugar. I do focus on protein snacks and making that the central core of my main meals. But I don't eat low carb. The only magic there, I believe, is insulin control (which is imperative as that is the fat storage hormone) and therefore appetite control. Low GI foods can still control insulin, especially when combined with portion control. My theory is, if I"m not overeating, there won't be any extra calories for my supposed lack of insulin to have to deal with. And I don't go out of my way to seek out organic foods, but occasionally some will end up in my fridge. And shock of shock, I've been known to use artificial sweeteners on occasion. So, it that healthy or not? I feel healthy. My health is improving. My body is looking and feeling thinner, stronger, more energetic, more creative, etc. So it must be working for me.
This idea of "never going hungry"...I don't buy into it. I think it's normal to go hungry for a bit each day. Like, at 10:30 am, when lunch time is approaching, it's OK to have a growly tummy for half an hour. Not gonna make me die!
Now, going hungry for hours on end, that's silly. Starving yourself: that's silly. Ignoring hunger pangs to the point you're getting beee-otchy: silly. Being guilt ridden over a late night snack when you know you are still under your daily theoretical calorie burn: silly. Finding false virtue in certain foods being "good" and other foods being "bad": silly. The way I see it, it's all about choices. And I get to own my own choices and the consequences of them. If I do eat sugar, say, at Easter, I can do it knowing it will give me GI problems, make me feel cruddy, etc. What a way to celebrate, eh?
Choices. It's all just choices.
So, what YOUR food philosophy? Is it working for you or do you want to make changes?