“Dieting” is a concept that only occurs in your mind. You can still do what looks like a diet, but doesn’t feel like one.  A diet is “the deliberate restriction of food or food groups in order to lose weight or for medical reasons.”  The main concept within that is restriction.

Well…just because you aren’t currently eating something does not mean you are restricting it.  For example a large population of the world eats insects, I don’t eat insects, but that does not mean I am restricting them. I just don’t want them.  Another example is I rarely eat cake, but I’m not restricting it I just don’t really like it enough for it to seem worth eating it.  My friend that is a Dietician taught me to say “I don’t want that” vs “I can’t have that”.  There is a MASSIVE difference.  You’re probably thinking…”well I like cookies/cheese/sugar/chips/whatever your thing is, so how does this apply if I still want it but need to avoid it?”  She also taught me that the first few bites are the best ad the taste buds give a diminishing return of reward as we keep eating.  So it has made it easy to eat a few bites then quit.

When done correctly you can bring your body into a healthier state that will be able to to eat those foods occasionally without the guilt, bloat, brain fog, and lethargy that comes with it.  There are “comfort foods” or we like the temporary “high/reward” (dopamine release). You might be one of those millions who needs to heal their food sensitivities in order to free themselves of these symptoms. People that have food sensitivities get migraines, bloating, indigestion etc if they eat those foods.  Avoiding those trigger foods keep the migraines at bay, but that doesn’t solve the root problem…which is our digestion and gut health are out of whack.

By now, the idea that gut bacteria affects a person’s health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism.  Your bacterial ecosystem could play a crucial role in autism, anxiety, depression, and other disorders.   Discovering how signals from the digestive system affect metabolism, raising or reducing risk for health conditions like type 2 diabetes. This involves interactions between nerve signals, gut hormones and microbiota—the bacteria that live in the digestive system.  Are you one of those people that has digestive issues, or food sensitivities? You may need to consider a more restrictive diet for a while so you can heal.   Learn how to change the environment, and make a long term change in your health and metabolism.  Researchers say that 75% -85% of all health conditions are nutrition related.  For example only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle.