What Is A Way Of Eating?
Diet vs. Way Of Eating
Way of eating has no formal definition. It can be hard to define what your way of eating should be. Many “diets” are based on rules of thumb (like avoiding gluten, avoiding nightshades, avoiding meat). Other diets have fancy branded and trademarked names like “The South Beach Diet” or “The Whole30 Diet”. A way of eating is different. Over time, the term way of eating will come to have a unique meaning to you. You will know what your way of eating is, and what it does to help your body and your life.
Why We Don’t Call It A Diet
Strict Chef doesn’t like the term “diet”. Diet has many negative connotations. The language is focused on restricting oneself, eating small amounts of foods, or special foods. Mainly, the word diet tends to be focused on the singular goal of losing weight.
- Noun: “A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”
- Verb: “Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.”
At Strict Chef, we know that weight loss is not the goal of many people. Symptoms are a bigger problem. Symptoms that are getting in the way of people living their lives to the fullest, or even living their lives at all. Symptoms that have stolen the joy from people.
We use the term “way of eating” because many times people only need to shift the kinds of foods they eat. They may have no need to restrict their intake. There may be no need to starve or feel deprived. For every food that is subtracted from your way of eating, there are new opportunities for better foods, satisfying foods that bring you happiness, and help you achieve your goals of getting your life back, and that will keep you satisfied.
Changing Your Way Of Eating Is The Opposite Of A Diet
Part of the process of changing your way of eating is exploring and testing new foods, and discovering new recipes. On this journey, people are doing the opposite of restricting themselves! A way of eating can be the opposite of “dieting”. People grow out of the same old foods and recipes that had become routine. They are diversifying their intake. They are eating a larger variety of foods. They are finding new recipes to get excited about.
Fighting Disease And Symptoms With Your Way Of Eating
Compared To Dieting
When people go on a “diet” with a list of foods to avoid, or instructions to only eat a specific set-in-stone list of foods, there is a very high chance of failure. Often times diets cause people to eliminate foods that were never a symptom trigger, or to eliminate foods that never contributed to disease progression. Other times, diets incorporate and encourage more consumption of foods that are triggering symptoms. People on these diets may lose faith that food can help them achieve relief.
A common example of this problem is when people start generic “anti-inflammatory diets.” If that diet plan contains even one or two foods that cause you to personally have inflammation, it will not work for you. Perhaps the diet has helped many others. But your unique reaction to one of the foods on the plan causes the entire “diet” becomes useless to you, because you may have no idea which food is causing it to not work.
This is why it is so important to develop your own way of eating.
The Complexities Of Disease And The Simplicity Of Your Way Of Eating
We find that even within a single disease diagnosis, for people with similar symptoms, there may be a wide spectrum of pathogenesis (the root cause of the disease). Many times, the root cause of a disease is unknown. In many cases, it can be impossible to receive a concrete diagnosis, even after years of seeing specialists and having tests run. Many people simply cannot afford to seek a diagnosis. A disease can be caused by hundreds or thousands of different variables, and won’t necessarily impact any two people in exactly the same way.
Despite the complexity of the human body, and the unknown cause of many diseases and symptoms, there is a very simple approach you can follow to help. Through trial and error, you can identify certain foods that trigger your symptoms, and certain foods that help you find relief. Over time, you will develop a way of eating that helps avoid symptom triggers, and support your wellness.
A way of eating is not a set-in-stone guide for you to follow. Your way of eating may not be available in a book, as part of a meal plan, or as something a doctor will “put you on”. Your way of eating may be completely unique to your body. Your genetics, your gut microbiome, your age, your environment, your immune system, and your combination of symptoms potentially from multiple issues, are all unique to you.
Unfortunately, discovering your way of eating rarely offers instant gratification. It can take days, weeks, or months of consistent food documentation and systematic food testing to understand your food symptom triggers.
Strict Chef exists to make this process easier. To accelerate your journey to relief.
Why Changing Your Way Of Eating Is Hard
Many times, people whose lives have been destroyed by painful or limiting symptoms only find joy in food. It’s the only thing they have left. This is one of the reasons why changing your way of eating can be difficult. People do not want to give up the last good thing they have in their lives. It is common for afflicted people to wonder if life is worth living when all of their joy has been taken away.
At Strict Chef, we have found that once people figure out how to achieve relief by shifting to a new way of eating, they become empowered to continue. When people are able to regain their mobility, and re-engage with the activities that bring them joy, they don’t want to give it up. Foods and flavors from one’s old way of eating take second place to the new life they’ve taken back from their disease. The seconds of flavor crossing the tongue amount to a grain of sand compared to the mountain of joy that a symptom free lifestyle can bring.
Strict Chef Is Here To Help
We’re excited to help you discover your new way of eating, and take control of your life and your health.
Our tools help you check foods for compliance with your way of eating, and discover new compliant recipes that make you happy.