If you Google “diets”, you will get roughly 967,000,000 hits. That’s quite a few! Can you imagine sifting through all of those websites? You wouldn’t be able to get through them all. Despite the fact that you wouldn’t have enough time to realistically do it, you would probably get bored pretty quickly. 

Dieting is a tricky business and there is always a new fad on the horizon. I’m hearing a lot about Whole 30 and Keto right now. We’ve even had a few Keto classes in the shop. I know people that have a lot of success while on it. Weight goes down, cholesterol numbers even seem to be better, which is such a surprise to me! We have a number of healthy cookbooks at Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop and I’m always interested in talking to you about a healthier lifestyle. My favorite diet isn’t really a diet at all. It’s just clean eating. Limiting processed foods and knowing what I’m eating is important to me. I want to make healthy choices in every area of my life and often, that starts with what I’m eating.

Next time you go grocery shopping, take a look at the labels. What is in your food? Can you pronounce it? A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, you don’t want it. Buying organic is always a great option, albeit expensive. I’m always on the quest of finding good foods at prices that are affordable. It’s not easy! It takes planning! But in the long run, you’re body is better off and you are proud of what you’re feeing your family. There are some really tasty recipes out there that won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out on something. Are you trying to make healthier choices too? What does that look like for your family?

All of this being said, dieting is different for everyone. People go on diet’s for a variety of different reasons. Losing weight, an allergy or sensitivity to a food group, or a quest for a healthier lifestyle are the largest reasons for dieting. Whatever your reason might be, be smart about it. Think about what you’re putting in your body. Additives and preservatives are usually not the answer. Eating whole foods, rich in the right vitamins and nutrients will often be right on target with what you are trying to achieve. Processed foods often have so many things that your body doesn’t need or want, which eventually will lead to more issues. 

I’ve never been much of a dieter. I am fortunate to have genes that keep my frame fairly slight and I’ve never had any major sensitivity to any foods. After I had my children, I was able to exercise a bit and just make healthier choices with what I ate and I lost the weight fairly quickly. It took a bit longer with the last baby, but eventually I dropped the extra weight and I’m at a healthier number now. For me, it’s more about how my clothes feel. I don’t want to buy new clothes so if I feel something is getting a little tight, I just pay closer attention to what I’m eating. Everyone has a different goal weight, comparison can be a poison, but we tend to do it everyday on social media. Hey. In case you haven’t noticed, EVERYONE puts on their best face for the internet. Take it all with a grain of salt. No one is perfect. Figure out what it means for you to be the best you and run with it. 

What have you been cooking this week? We had some yummy enchiladas, some salads, some breakfast foods. I made pumpkin bars for our knitting ladies this past weekend and they were so good, and easy. I’ll be keeping that recipe handy for the rest of the fall! This coming week, I want to do some soups. Do you have any favorites you’d like to share? I have a meatball soup recipe, I think it’s in one of Rachael Ray’s books, that my family loves. That’s on the menu for sure! 

As always, thanks for sticking with me! Have a happy week!