Why You Need To Ditch The "All or Nothing" Diet

Gooood morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. It's getting pretty chilly here and feeling more and more like Fall each day. Does anyone else have a lot of trouble getting up early when it's cold out? I swear I can wake up at 6:30/7AM like it's no big deal in the warmer months, but as soon as it's cold out it's so not fun to get out of bed so early! I just want to stay in my warm and cozy blankets. 


I wanted to stop by today to chit-chat about a topic I think is important and probably affects a decent amount of people: the "all or nothing" diet. I'm completely guilty of practicing this "diet", not on purpose though. In high school I played volleyball competitively year-round, which meant practice 3x per week, and then I would work out at least two other days. I grew into the mindset that my diet had to be all or nothing - I had to go full on healthy and treating myself was a once per week type of thing. And guess what? It just wasn't sustainable. I eventually broke that "all or nothing" streak because sometimes a gal just wants a damn piece of cake instead of a tiny piece of dark chocolate after dinner, and sometimes said cake presents itself to you more than once per week...and who says no to cake? Not me. Okay, maybe sometimes, but you guys get the point. Like I've said from my very first blog post - I believe in following the "everything in moderation" rule, which I'll also refer to as the 90/10 rule sometimes (eat healthy 90% of the time).

I just think that you should ENJOY food. It shouldn't be stressful. You should feel totally fine treating yourself to a brownie or a piece of cake or french fries. I'm not saying you should treat yourself everyday, but you catch my drift, right? I'm talking about the type of scenario that you spontaneously go out after work with your friends on a weekday and you decide to get the nacho appetizer and a drink instead of eating your usual healthy food at home. You should feel okay about it, hey, you should feel good about it! Life is meant to be lived my friends, and living sometimes involves french fries. 

Choose to have a good relationship with food. Be healthy. Eat lots of greens, lean proteins, fruits and veggies, but don't, DO NOT, mark certain foods off limits. Do you really like oreos? Great! They don't need to be on your "no" list, they just can't appear in your diet everyday. Putting foods on your "no" list creates a negative and resentful feeling, which may ultimately end up in you binging one night on a whole lot of oreos (which may be delicious at the time, but not so good later). Just know that it's okay to treat yourself (treat yoself) here and there. It's not cheating, it's treating, because you wouldn't cheat in a relationship right? So why would you associate a negative word with your relationship with food and health? Treating yourself has a much more positive feeling surrounding it. 

I truly believe that you'll be able to sustain healthier eating habits this way. Why? Because you won't feel like you're on a diet. You can still eat your favorite treat here and there. That, my friends, is a lifestyle change, not a diet :) 

Thank you guys for reading today's blog post! I hope that you were able to relate to it or that it got you thinking a bit. If you want to discuss this topic further, feel free to email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com. I would love to chat with you!

Treat yoself today!