It’s tough to give up the idea of dieting.
For a lot of people, using a diet is their way of maintaining control over what they put in their mouths. If they didn’t use a special diet method than they would go crazy and eat nothing but Twinkies and drink soda pop.
Rest assured, you can include all foods in the diet and not only be healthy, but still be in complete control.
All you just need to do is understand how a standard traffic light works.
Green light foods.
Green light foods are foods that you want to eat in abundance. Fruits, Veggies, fish or whatever the dietary dogma is recommending these days. These are foods you have in abundance in your home and office and are ready to be consumed at a moments notice. So they are plentiful, quick, easy and ad lots of variety to the diet.
Yellow Light Foods
These foods are foods you want to eat in moderation and have little trouble doing so. For me, beer is a yellow light food. If I put a six pack in the fridge chances are it will last me over a month.
Yellow light foods you want to keep on hand but leave them a little less accessible. So store them in the cupboard, in the back of the fridge or in the basement. This way they are on hand, but they require a bit more work to consume.
Red Light foods
These are the foods that we are typically temped to banish from our diet forever. While we may be able to do this some of a time, it always seems like they rush back into our lives like a tidal wave with over consumption and a loss of control.
Twizzlers and my Mom’s home made chocolate chip cookies are pure red light foods for me. I will eat a pounder bag of Twizzlers within a day and at least 6 or so of my mom’s cookies at a time.
We don’t banish these foods from the diet, just the immediate enviroment. I don’t put them in the home or office so in order for me to eat them I have to jump through some pretty big hoops to get at them. This way I can still enjoy them, but their lack of availability in my daily life ensures they are a minor part of my diet.
This approach requires an honest assessment about your relationship with food. If you can’t stop yourself from polishing off a pint of ice cream don’t kid yourself into thinking that it’s a yellow light food. It also may take some time to experiment with. Chocolate ice cream might be a red light food, but you could have just 2 bites of vanilla and walk away thus making that a yellow light food.
Ultimately this sort of attitude with food will help you eat in a healthy way that suits you best without feeling the need to do battle with yourself every time you enter the kitchen.