Wednesday, February 4, 2015

3 Reasons To Try A Fad Diet

Yes. You read that correct.

I, a future nutrition professional, am telling you to try a fad diet. This may come as a shock, especially with all this diet-dissing that has been going around. Just so we are all on the same page, when I say "fad diet" I am talking about paleo, vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, and such.

I am NOT talking about the ones with someone's name or brand attached to them, such as Atkins, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or what have you. (NOTE: I am not bashing the people that may be on or have had success with these diets. They are simply not the focus of this post)

Now, I know this is countering what many licensed professionals will tell you, who discourage these fad diets for a number of reasons. Here is an article on the new and improved Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's website explaining why.

I am telling you to disregard that... Just for bit! (Sorry Academy!) I feel people are so quick to put a negative stigma on anything food or diet related and there is not enough positivism in the food world (honestly, all this food shaming is getting ridiculous...) So I wanted to highlight what good can come from trying these fad diets.

Notice I am emphasizing to try them. I am not telling you use these for weight loss. I am not saying you need to become a religious follower of these diets (unless you feel you should based on personal beliefs or preference. Totally your choice.) 

Here are 3 reasons to try a fad diet:

1. Expand Your Palate
These diets force you to try things you may have never tried before, especially if you are use to the S.A.D (Standard American Diet). You get to explore the grocery store in a whole new way. These diets have really opened my eyes to the diversity of the food world! There is more to dinner than just meat and potatoes. So go explore already!

2. Boost Your Culinary Skills
When you make a meal following any of these diets, it really challenges the way you would normally cook and prepare foods. Especially if you try a gluten-free or vegan meal. I have found cooking based off these diets can be really challenging, but you feel so accomplished when you create a delicious end product (like I did when I perfected my gluten-free and dairy-free biscuits & gravy recipe!. And think of how much you can rock your kitchen after you have mastered a few vegan recipes! Standard recipe with milk, eggs, and butter? Shyeah, no problem!

3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
In life, one of the ways we grow is when we challenge ourselves to do what makes us feel uncomfortable. And the more you get use to feeling uncomfortable, the better you will be at handling it. I believe numerous skills learned in the kitchen can be transferred to everyday life, and this is certainly one of them. The more you challenge yourself to get outside that comfort zone in the kitchen, the easier it may be when it comes to more daunting decisions, like trying a new yoga class by yourself or finally signing up for that obstacle run.

So within the next week, try making an entirely gluten-free breakfast or a vegetarian dinner! Don't be upset if your first few attempts come out less than spectacular (mine certainly did, but remember #2!!) The more you practice, the better you will become. You may even start to prefer these new meals over your old ones!

Here are some great recipes to get you started!
50 Best and Easy Vegan Breakfasts
20 Gluten-Free Crock Pot Meals
27 Insanely Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe Are Vegan
25 Best Paleo Recipes

Am I a vegan? No. Do I follow paleo? No. Do I have a meal every now and then that fits into one of these categories? YES! Why? To jazz things up a bit and challenge my cooking skills. Nothing is better than creating one of these meals that is just as satisfying as my usual dishes! So get out of your comfort zone and try something a little off the beaten path!

I would love to hear about your new kitchen adventures and meals!! Let me know below or tag me on Instragram @Nutritionista14 with your awesome foodie pics! 

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