The other day I was absentmindedly scrolling through Facebook, and I saw a post that said, “Your diet is not only what you eat…” and I almost kept scrolling. I have found, more often than not, that posts about dieting tend to promote shame around food. Which is something I’m not about. However, I kept reading. The rest of the post talked about watching the other things you consume. What we watch, what we read, the voices we listen to, etc. I realized the post wasn’t about “dieting,” it was about diet, and how that applies to all forms of consumption. 

I’ve always said that there are no good foods and no bad foods, just some foods we eat less of, and some we eat more of. I think the same is true for the other things we put in our bodies as well. If you’re going to fill your body with a certain type of food, television, reading, opinions, etc., make sure it’s good for you. And, if it isn’t, make sure the bad things are consumed in a smaller proportion. 

What You Eat

Listen, I don’t eat perfectly all the time. I like bread, and dessert, and alcohol sometimes. Sometimes my kids eat fast food. I have chips in my pantry, and sometimes even Oreos or something. However, that’s not the kind of thing we eat all the time. I really do try to cook healthy, tasty meals at home more often than not, even though it’s sometimes time consuming. Mostly, I want to put healthy things in my body that can help keep me energized and satisfied. Plus, I want to teach my kids what it looks like to eat a healthy meal so they can grow up with that mentality. A good diet is important for overall health, but it’s not something that should involve shame. And, I think it’s okay to have some of the less healthy foods in moderation. 

What You Do

When we think “diet” we think about food. However, you can use that word to encompass the other things you put into your body. One of them is the effort you put into your body. We know to eat Oreos and fast food sparingly, but we should also do unhealthy things sparingly as well. For some, it may be sitting in front of the tv. Maybe it’s gambling or playing too many video games. Those activities are not unhealthy in small doses, but it’s something to remember not to go overboard with. 

What You Watch

It can be hard to tell when something you’re watching is bad for you. Shows, movies, and even commercials are filled with messages that are more subliminal than they are direct, which can leave you feeling less-than or unhappy with yourself. Watching things with a positive message that also shows all types of people can really help to improve the quality of your visual diet for you and your family. Not everything we watch has to be good for our mental health, but it’s helpful to be mindful of it. 

What You Read

If you spend a lot of time reading negativity, it can have a profound effect on your mental well-being. Whether you’re reading a book, magazine, blog, Facebook post, Instagram caption, etc., it’s important to make sure the message you’re reading is good for your health. Just like it’s important to watch what you eat or drink. Every now and again, do a social media cleanse and unfollow the accounts that make you feel bad. Cleanse your life of books, magazines, and blogs that don’t provide your mind with positivity and happiness. Again, everything in moderation. 

Who You’re Around

When you spend time with certain people, you’re also taking in their opinions, thoughts, and their overall vibe. If the people you’re around are negative, gossipy, or unmotivated, you’re taking in a bit of that vibe when you’re with them. Not to say you will take on those attributes, but it’s much more beneficial to be around people who make you feel good. Not to say you have to cut everyone out that has those attributes, but it’s important to limit them in your diet. 

Your diet is not only what you eat, it’s all the things you consume. And it’s important to make sure that the bulk of what you’re consuming is good for your body emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It’s amazing, really, the difference it can make to be picky about what you consume in any capacity. The better it is for you, the better you’ll feel!

Not to say I don’t sometimes need a day to watch a dumb tv show and eat pizza. Just remember, everything in moderation!

xo Natalie