I absolutely despise the word, “Diet”. Its connotations are so far from what the word actually means that it makes me want to drink a milkshake. Look “Diet” up on Google and the entire first page is devoted to weight loss websites, concoctions, and pills.
When someone refers to “their diet”, they are referring to the foods that they eat. I could be referring to a diet full of Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Protein shakes. I could also be referring to a diet high in vegetables, meat, fruit, and other whole foods. This does not mean that I am ON a diet. It means that I HAVE a diet. Just like you do.
And there’s that whole “on” a diet thing. It really kind of sums it all up doesn’t it? When someone says that they are ON a diet, it generally infers that they are on some sort of crash weight loss, fad weight loss, or “cleanse” that will go up in flames as soon as that person goes on a cookies & cream milkshake binge. Thus begins the rollercoaster that so many people experience. Maybe that’s why they call it ON a diet.
When I refer to my Paleo Lifestyle, I am not referring to a DIET. It is a lifestyle choice. I guess it is different coming from me because I’m overweight. If I were thin and talking about my lifestyle, it would be OK. Or maybe you would think that I was insane for wanting to lose weight, because, you know, when I talk about my “diet” I’m talking about losing weight.
I got extremely frustrated with a dear, long-time friend of mine the other day when she was telling me about how her boyfriend eats. “He’s SOOO healthy” she says. “He told me about how Barley is a SUPERFOOD.” “He knows more about nutrition than anyone else I know because he studies it all the time.”
Yeah? Guess what I study all the time? The toilet. NO joke. I use it, I clean it, I can even maintenance it when it’s running. But it doesn’t mean I know how or why it works.
So then this same friend says, “SO tell me about this diet you’re on.”
I told her, “I’m not on a diet. It’s a lifestyle.”
She SCOFFED. “*snicker* Yeah, OK. THAT.”
My Best. Friend.
So I explained it to her but I knew that it was going in one ear and out another because I am the fat girl explaining it to her. If her uber smart nutrition genius boyfriend had been telling her about it, she would have sung its praises from the rooftops.
OH and guess what? Barley makes you hurt. It’s NOT a superfood.
So there’s that diet word being thrown around like it’s only meant for weight loss. I shouldn’t feel like I have to specify that I’m talking about my nutrition or cuisine a la Davis when I use the word diet. But I do! I feel like I have to defend it and that’s just inanity!
When and where did the word “diet” become so perverted? Why can’t it just mean what it is meant to mean? A way of eating. Cuisine.
Not a ride you take on the weight loss roller coaster.
So when I talk about the Paleo diet, I am not talking about Paleo as a diet that you get on and can “cheat” with. I’m referring to it as a way of life, a healthy way of eating, and a genetic-reconfiguration-wonderland.
OH and bacon. Don’t forget the bacon.
If you would like some information on Paleo and the harm that grains are causing you, check the following websites out: