Remember when you first started your latest diet? And you just knew this was the one?
You committed to a healthy eating plan for a reason, right? Whether you want to shape up, avoid food sensitivity or support a loved one, you have good reasons for your diet.
But the time may come when the diet infatuation wears thin and every forbidden food tempts you to come hither. Fortunately, Thriving On Paleo has come up with a few suggestions in How to Combat Restricted Diet Fatigue and keep the love flowing for your diet — and for you!
Here are some of the top tips to re-kindle your epicurean passion:
Try out a different diet for a while. I actually have a very large stack of vegan cookbooks in my house. Am I vegan? Heck no, I love meat (and eggs and honey and butter). But I draw a lot of inspiration from vegan cookbooks since they don’t use meat and I often don’t want a meat-heavy meal. Yes, I have to modify them to get rid of the grains to remain Paleo, but to me that’s part of the fun (typically it just involves replacing the grain with cauliflower rice or some spiralized veggie). And because I do try to eat less meat it’s also fun for me to challenge myself to have a meat-free day every so often just to change things up. Makes a game of it and sometimes that’s enough to get me out of my fatigue with Paleo.
Talk to someone who isn’t feeling well. This one is actually one that really helps me out when I get RDS [Restricted Diet Fatigue]. I only do this with people that ask me questions first (as people who don’t ask me about Paleo first aren’t usually very receptive to getting dietary advice). When I explain how much it has helped me and what the basic ideas of Paleo are to a person who doesn’t feel fantastic like I do, it helps me remember WHY I am doing this. It also helps me to remember how bad I felt before.
[Write] down a list of the things that are ailing you. No matter how small the issue seems, write it down. Then come back to it every month or so and see how far you’ve come. If you’ve been doing the diet a while it’s not too late to do it. You can still write down things you want to fix but also see if you can recall what you set out to fix in the beginning and write it down. I’m always amazed at what I wrote down because I forgot half of it and it really reaffirms what I’ve done.
Spend an hour looking at blogs or cookbooks for your particular diet (or even just Instagram) and bookmark/copy the recipes that look amazing for later use. We ALL get into ruts where we cook the same damned thing over and over and I really think that contributes to RDS. When we realize the world is our oyster suddenly things don’t seem nearly as bad.
So, explore a little, spice things up and remember how good your diet has been to you!
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