Imagine you go into a store, let’s say H&M with your girlfriend. She is the same height as you, as well as the same weight as you. You both decide to try on the same pair of jeans. On you they are tight in the legs and loose around the waist. You could pull them off with a belt and with some “stretching them out”.
Then you look over at your friend and on her the same jeans fit like a glove. The pockets on the back highlight her bum and the ankle hovers perfectly over her shoe! What’s the deal?!
Well this leads me into the purpose of this post…to emphasize the fact that there is no one size fits all anything! Not a pair of jeans, a diet, a shoe, a lifestyle, or a workout will work for the same everyone. Well maybe a scarf! 😉
We were created uniquely in our mother’s womb; even if we are identical twins we are still different.
Lately I have been on a quest to find a “diet” or “lifestyle” that works best for me. I am looking for something that will make me feel good, have more energy, clear up my skin etc.
Searching online or at the book store is SO CONFUSING! There are people who swear by Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Low-fat, High-fat, Low- Carb, High-Carb, Forks over Knives, Knives over Forks…You get the picture!
There is enough information out there to make you want to scream!!!
The fact that there are so many diets out there proves the point I mentioned earlier, there is no “one size fits all” anything! Some diet plans (I hate that word) some eating habits work better for some than for others.
I’ve learned that over the years and here is how I am figuring out what works for me.
Try and Try again. I have tried Paleo, Whole 30, South Beach, and Calorie Counting…not entirely for me. I’ll keep trying things until I find what works. I don’t call this yoyo dieting I call it educating myself and figuring out my body. I never do anything dangerous or restrictive.
Pick and Choose. There are some things from Paleo and Whole 30 that worked for me. I quit gluten and dairy, doing so has helped lessen some of my digestive distress. Calorie Counting works but takes dedication. I don’t want to spend my life counting calories; I don’t think that is how God designed me. I will count calories when I want to get back on track but after I do I just listen to my body.
Give up titles. It’s so tempting to join a Paleo gang or a Vegan gang or whatever. I don’t put titles and permanent restrictions on myself that will cause guilt if I stray from that lifestyle. Enjoy your life and what you eat! Stick to your guns, but ultimately it’s your life. Don’t let a community of people make you feel guilty for your choices either.
Eat how God designed me to eat. When I get really confused I turn back to the ultimate lifestyle guide…the Bible. I look into God’s word and see what HE has to say about what I should be eating. This puts me back on track. I remember my body is a temple and everything I do should be in honor of Him and it. Is eating junk until I feel sick honoring to him? Is eating things that make me sick and unfit to work for His kingdom honoring to Him?
If you are on a journey to find the right eating plan and lifestyle for you, I hope this post will help you get there. This is what is working for me. We are all a work in progress and unique.
Don’t get caught up in the “one size fits all” myth. Know that you were created perfectly in the eyes of God and He has the perfect plan for you, don’t give up.
Check out these book recommendations that help me put things into perspective:
The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren
Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron Bure
What’s your current eating plan?
What have you tried that didn’t work out?