First, I want to thank the many of you who responded to my recent blog post where I shared my daughter’s new celiac disease diagnosis. I’ve already started buying some of the gluten-free items you suggested. My daughter is so happy to have more choices of foods that are satisfying to her – so again – THANK YOU! 🙂
Given our daughter’s new diagnosis (which limits her food choices), I wanted to cover a common question that I get from new clients about building their “forever-fit” diet, and specifically the nutrition strategy I’m known for as a coach… #NoBannedFoods.
For any newbies here, my #NoBannedFoods eating strategy is how I teach my clients to build a sustainable (forever-fit) diet by allowing ALL foods in moderation, and still achieve good health and weight loss.
WHAT IF YOU CAN’T DO #NoBannedFoods?
A common question I get from new clients first learning about how to start a #NoBannedFoods lifestyle is how they should eat if they really DO need to ban some foods from their life.
HERE’S 2 REASONS WE SOMETIMES FEEL THE NEED TO BAN CERTAIN FOODS:
1) We Need to Ban Foods for Health Conditions
While it’s optimal to try and give up the fad diets and learn to eat all foods in moderation, sometimes we really DO need to ban certain foods due to allergic reactions or a disease, similar to what we must now do for our daughter.
How do we do we ban, but still stay satisfied with our eating?
The answer is to find alternatives to everything – even the treats.
Satisfaction is key for a long-term nutrition plan that works!!
That’s what we’ve been doing for our daughter. Luckily, she enjoys eating many nutrient-dense foods already (such as vegetables, lean proteins, etc). But of course she loves the occasional cookie and brownie as well.
We’ve been looking for gluten-free alternatives for these treats, so she never feels deprived.
If you’re allergic to dairy, wheat, soy, etc… there are usually many healthy alternatives for snacks at stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and more!
Have these foods in the house to enjoy in moderation.
Here are some of the new gluten-free treats we’ve been pairing with her other nutrient-dense foods (such as fruits/veggies, etc).
2) We Feel We Need to Ban Foods Because We’re Afraid We’ll Binge On Them If They’re Allowed
I started my journey of not banning foods by still banning some foods sometimes, and beginning to introduce previously banned foods one at a time.
I started by allowing myself something that didn’t feel too uncontrollable at first (like a chocolate protein bar), which I used to binge on. Starting to practice with a chocolate protein bar didn’t feel as intimidating as starting with cookies. You can always move up from there.
Try pairing the food with something healthy to help you stay full.
Take your time and practice with this. There is no rush. Expose yourself to the forbidden food on a consistent basis until it starts to lose some of its allure.
I promise that does happen, but consistent exposure is key.
Can you relate to this struggle? Have you had to ban foods for one of these two reasons? CONTACT ME HERE and share your experience.