The time I followed a diet for a day.

by danielle on December 27, 2012

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Today I want to talk to you about something I know all too well. Diets. We’ve all tried them. Some work. Some don’t. Some are temporary. Some feel permanent. I no longer follow diets. In fact I have point blank shunned the word from my radar! So let me tell you about the time I stopped dieting for good.

I really wanted to lose weight. This was no different than any other time but this time I really wanted to and not just for looks. I wanted to improve at CrossFit. So why not try the Zone diet? A lot of CrossFitters follow it and it works for them so why not for me? Well here’s what happened. Day one went well. I was hungry but commited. By the end of the night I was starving. I stuck to my guns and begrudgingly ate my apple with cinnamon. I went to bed early hoping my hunger would disappear with sleep. Well it didn’t work. I woke up hungry in the night. Couldn’t sleep. Woke up grouchy the next morning starving. I ate my eggs and squash just wondering how anyone does this. CrossFit was rough. My energy was just not there. Why you ask. Well the nutritionist in me knew it was the less than 1200 calorie day I had eaten the day before but the CrossFitter in me wanted me to fight through. Let me tell you something your body will always win and I know this. That night, day 2 of the zone, I was getting ready for dinner and all I wanted was chocolate and bread. Dramatic I know. Then I thought about it. How could I make these veggies more appealing? It wasn’t to zone them out, measure them and coat them in an evenly measured teaspoon of olive oil. It wasn’t what I wanted. So I did something. I gave myself permission to eat the veggies but to have them anyway I liked. Magically I suddenly craved the veggies. I roasted them, my favorite way to eat them. I sprinkled them with sea salt and pepper. Drizzled a tiny bit of melted grass fed butter and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Perfection. Not Zone but Perfect. Just what I wanted and I ate my veggies. Had I gone on with the Zone I probably would have lasted another few days starving then gotten majorly too hungry and eaten too much. Just another drastic cycle I needed to end. This was the last “diet” I ever followed and I am proud of it.

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The Veggies in All Their Glory! 

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Do you “diet”? Why do you feel like you need to? How do they turn out for you??? Which ones have you tried? 

Happy non dieting!

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Lucie December 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

You can be so proud! Living a diet-free life is so freedom. I can’t say I did a particular diet – I just always used to cut put specific food like sweets, sugar, carbs, fats etc. Today, I live with my own ‘diet’ – I try to eat what is good for me – with exceptions of course :-) great post Danielle!!

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Love this! Favorite part is “I live with my own diet”. Perfect!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl December 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I’ve tried quite a few diets and many have worked, but I always get bored with the one’s that are too strict. Like Lucie above, I find that I do best when I follow my own diet. I know what I should and shouldn’t be eating…it’s just a matter of following that.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Exactly! There is nothing better than following what your body needs!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I never tried following a formal diet, but when I wanted to lose weight a few years ago I drastically cut down on fat and calories – and it just wasn’t sustainable because it was way too restrictive!

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Ugh sounds terrible. I agree any time I cut something else I always feel I end up feeling worse!

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RunFastMama December 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Nope, no diets for me anymore. I have found that eating clean and pretty strict paleo works best. I no longer track calories but estimate that some days I eat at least 2,500 a day. I now have learned to listen to my body and eat what I need to perform and it rewards me by staying lean and performing at it’s best.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Sounds like you have an amazing balance going on that works for you. This is great!

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Linz @ Itz Linz December 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I’m sooooo not a dieter! The moment I tell myself I “can’t” have something, I crave it instantly – like bad! Feed your body and eat in moderation – my motto :)

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Me too!!! Love the motto :)

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Ugh diets, I’m definitely with you on this one – hate them! I never followed a specific one, but I got really restrictive with calories, fat, and carbs. I’m glad to say that’s all in the past, though, because the freedom and satisfaction that comes from listening to your body is something I’d never give up.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I agree. The moment I stopped counting calories, I felt so much more relaxed! Even though it was hard it was so worth it!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Oh man!! I am a bad “dieter”. As soon as I tell myself I”m not going to eat something….that is all I want!

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Me too! I find it best if I don’t see food as “good” or “bad” or “off limits”!

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Kierston December 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I don’t like the word diet…and when I use it…it’s only meant to reference the what I eat day to day. I eat to be healthy…that’s my diet :)

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Love it! I agree not a fan of “diets”

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I agree with most everyone else that has commented. I don’t follow any specific diet. I once tried the Atkins-type diet when I was in college and that was a major fail for me. I had zero energy and really didn’t enjoy what I was eating. These days, I’m just a big believer in eating whole, real foods as much as possible.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Love this! I agree, the least processed the better. I try to listen to my body as best as I can :)

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I don’t diet, just try to eat healthy and clean. there is nothing wrong with a little cheese on your veggies!! :)

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Totally agree! Eating to be healthy sounds like a great plan!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I do not believe in dieting. I think that being at your ideal weight is best reached by making healthy lifestyle changes. Going on fad diets is not going to help anyone lose and keep off weight. Making healthy changes for a lifetime will! :)

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Totally agree! I’m a huge fan of the word lifestyle!!!

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Rachel December 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’ve never dieted but I have looked up diets to get recipe ideas. I like the Eat Clean diet (I have her cook book lol) so I like flipping through that. I feel diets are too hard lol

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I love getting recipes ideas from them too!

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Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) December 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I don’t like the word ‘diet’ either, it is risky in so many ways! I try to just eat healthy and indulge now and then, and cut out the ‘unhealthy’ treats at times I may have ate too much (ie: holidays) or slacked on workouts! A happy balance = a happy person :)

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Sounds perfect! A balance is always necessary! Everything in moderation :)

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Gillian @ Money After Graduation December 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I only tried to diet when the information was all “fat is bad”. I never lost much (I was pretty thin back then already, just thought I needed to) and I think it’s because the information was so flawed and my body was not happy. Now I just try to eat a healthy, varied diet and don’t count calories at all, just keep track in my head of how much I’ve eaten that day.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This is great! I’m glad you learned a balance. Everyone has individual needs and no one method will work for everyone!

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Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes December 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I hate when people tell me ‘Oh you don’t need to be on a diet’…..I’m not on a diet I just eat healthy

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh gosh! I hope too many people don’t tell you that. That would drive me crazy!

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Lisa December 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Yah, dieting and me = not cool at all. I just can’t do it. Especially after going through an ED. They just lead me back to restrictive, obsessive behaviour. I’m glad all that is over though, and well now I’m just trying to eat how my body wants me to eat. Without worsening my stomach issues! I think a lifestyle change is the best “diet” for everyone out there. Then there’s not the idea of restriction.

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danielle December 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Love this! I love the word lifestyle so much more than diet. There is no reason to ever “restrict” anything!

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Meredith @ DareYouTo December 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I don’t do well with too much structure, because i like to enjoy life, and that comes with social events that involve food and such. I’m capable of sticking to the foods I CHOOSE to eat, but I’m not likely to stick to a strict regimen when life gets busy, social, and .. things happen!

If you know what works for you and your life–what FEELs good and FITS in, that’s all you need.

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Agreed!

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Sarah @ mymostlyhealthylife.com December 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

I have NEVER followed a diet successfully… I’m the same as you, I can eat the foods as long as I can eat them by my standards, not someone else’s! Glad you found your voice and used butter… butter is so delish anyways :)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Sarah! Glad you understand :)

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome December 28, 2012 at 4:55 am

I’ve done my fair share of diets. Atkins, Cabbage soup, zone… more than I’d like to admit. Some might have worked better than others but I’ve learned that my body does best with clean eating and exercise :-)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Don’t worry I’m guilty of a few too many diets too. All that matters though is that they don’t exist in our lives now :)

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Jessie December 28, 2012 at 5:25 am

I don’t believe in diets. I truly people that people who put a restriction on certain foods will only binge on them once they have access. Good for you for living your life, diet free girl =)

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danielle December 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Jessie. Couldn’t agree with you more!

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Chelsa December 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I like this story. It reminds me of all the times that I dieted in the way past. The only diet that I have followed recently was paleo and that was for digestive problems and it really cleared things up. My stomach felt great all summer while I was paleo, no weight loss, but great feeling stomach lol

I just love GF grains and cheese so much it couldn’t go on forever. As long as I don’t eat tons of grains or dairy I seem to be okay.

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danielle December 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’m glad you could relate. I totally agree with your thoughts on Paleo. My body really thrives when I am strict paleo but I do love GF grains too and believe everything is okay in moderation!

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Jennifer V. January 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

Do you have recipes linked to these pictures?

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danielle January 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

No but check out my recipe page!

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