Have you ever been in the situation where you’ve made some positive changes with your diet and lifestyle and your friend feels the need to let you know you’re doing it all wrong? For example, you start eating a higher fat diet because you don’t have the energy levels that you need to get you through a work day and a high intensity workout. You start drinking a bulletproof coffee or matcha to start your day full of coconut butter or ghee because you have read about the health benefits. Your friend Stephanie lets you know that she just read an article stating that coconut oil is poison. You start regretting your decision to include more healthy oils in your diet even though you feel amazing and have lost a few pounds.
BEEN THERE. Over the years I have experimented with a lot of different eating styles. From dairy free, to meat free, to low calorie, to high fat, to liquid diets. Some worked, some didn’t. I can confirm wholeheartedly that a low-calorie diet is not the way to go for me, but experimenting was the only way for me to figure that out. A lot of people feel that the way they’re eating is the best and most healthy way, therefore, when anyone is trying something new and strays away from the US Government food guidelines, then they’re wrong!
Don’t know how to respond to the haters? I do. Especially because I share so much on my Instagram, I receive even more criticism and skepticism than ever before. When I began intermittent fasting, people thought I was starving myself for weight loss reasons. UH – no thanks. People would respond and tell me that I need to eat breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day, which is not necessarily true for me. Luckily, I have learned how to respond. I always thank people for their advice because at the end of the day, their intentions are good. I always say, “thank you for your concern, but this has been working really well for me and I have seen the positive changes, so I am going to continue on this path.” Simple as that! No need to throw facts at them or get defensive. Be confident in your decisions and keep experimenting.
There is so much information out there that we can read on the internet or hear about from our good friend Stephanie. Not all is correct. You can read about hundreds of different diet theories online and the ONLY way to know if it’s right, is to try it on yourself and see if it is right for YOU.
While I am certified as a health coach and educated on these hundreds of different diets, it is difficult for me to tell you what specifically to eat without doing a detailed health history and getting to know your personality. It is important for me to understand and bond with clients before educating them on a certain way to eat. While I will always start by giving general advice like removing anti-inflammatory foods, I wouldn’t go further than that.
Bottom line, be confident in your choices if you feel your best and are doing it for the right reasons. Forcing a restrictive, low-calorie diet because you want to lose 10 pounds and getting upset because your friend is worried about you, is a different story.
Do some research, don’t be afraid to experiment, and always thank them for their concern, even if you don’t agree. Most importantly, listen to your body – it knows best.