You may have made a change to your diet recently.
Perhaps this change is based on quantity.
Counting calories or carbs, for example.
Perhaps this change is based on quality.
Paleo, vegan, carnivore, or AIP, to name a few of the myriad options.
Let’s talk about the latter category for a second.
Qualitative strategies generally involve the avoidance and/or inclusion of certain foods or ingredients.
You find some website, app, forum, or group to help guide you, and you’re on your way
Despite your best intentions and preparation, though, sometimes you aren’t sure.
You come across something in the grocery store or at a get together that isn’t on “the list”.
You go back and forth, wondering, “is this allowed?”
If this sounds like you, you might reconsider how you’re looking at your efforts.
After all, you are in control.
Nobody is going to send you to time out for what you eat.
No alarm will sound.
Everything is “allowed”.
Rather than stress over what’s “allowed” in your diet, start with your intentions.
“Why am I changing my eating habits?”
“How does this support that effort?”
This process may take some learning.
Trial and error.
Ownership, patience, forgiveness.
Rules are comfortable.
Boundaries are safe.
But neither food nor your body work that way.
There is no “one size fits all” solution.
Any set of rules or guidelines are at best a starting point.
For you to figure out what works best for you.
You might find that what somebody else eats just fine makes you feel like crap.
Or that something somebody else can have just a bite of triggers you to go off the rails.
Nobody can tell you these things.
As much as you may want for that.
It takes work.
It takes getting to know yourself.
That’s what makes this so rewarding, though.
When you “know” what works for you.
There’s a confidence and clarity that no set of rules could ever provide.
It’s not an easy process, but it’s totally worth it.
You’re worth it.
You’ve got this.