The Mind-Body-Spirit Diet

The Mind-Body-Spirit diet isn’t just a normal ‘diet’, infact it isn’t so much a diet, but more a long-term plan that can help you lose weight and keep the weight off. Best of all it isn’t restricting you at any point. I must warn you, if you’re the kind of person that loves eating big amounts of food without thinking twice about the consequences then this diet will be challenging (to start off with). However, if you are serious about losing weight and/or maintaining your weight then this “diet” is for you.

First of all, you may be wondering a little bit about this diet (or perhaps you’re thinking ‘shut up and get to the point’, in which I would be thinking too, if I were you.. but I promise I’ll get there..). Here are some questions and answers:

Question: How long am I to go on this diet before I see results?
Answer: Combined with exercise, anytime between a week and two weeks. I can’t tell you how much you’ll lose because it really depends on the individual and how much they were eating before going on this “diet”.

Question: Why should I follow this diet and not some other one that promises significant weight loss in a short amount of time?
Answer: I’m not saying you should. However, many diets are not sustainable, they promise quick weight loss but they either completely deprive yourself, or you cannot sustain a healthy living afterwards.

Now, the rules are as follows. Keep in mind that you don’t have to beat yourself up if you don’t follow the rules strictly. Thats damaging to your soul… and that defeats the whole purpose. Rather these are guidelines that you should follow and get used to.

[EAT WHATEVER YOU DESIRE] but…

1) Think-before-you-eat
Before you consume such a food, think about how it makes you feel afterwards. Does it make you feel happy? Does it make you feel energized? Does it make you feel satisfied or wanting more?

E.G you feel like a hamburger from McDonalds. It may make you feel groggy afterwards… so is it worth consuming? Keeping in mind not to think about the fat content or calories, just how it makes you feel. Thinking about this can change your decision – for the better or the worse.

2) Decide if you really want it or you are just consuming it because of boredom?
If you really want it, then have it. If its out of boredom or something emotional then do something else to occupy your time. Empty calories on empty time don’t equal fun. Rather they equal extra calories that you simply do not need.

3) Have small portions
If you have smaller portions of the food you love then not only will you not be overdoing it but you’ll be valueing it so much more because you know there is only a small amount infront of you.

4) Balance your meals
If you feel like pancakes for breakfast then whats stopping you? Have them! But make sure that your next meal is full of protein and/or fiber. This way you are helping to get all food groups into your diet and aren’t fulling your body of unwanted fat/sugar.

5) Eat till you are satisfied.
Not till you are finished the plate, not till you are full. You should eat till you are satisfied. Not only will you feel so much better at the end (which equals happiness) but you will be consuming the right amount of calories while enjoying every food you like.

6) Eat slowly and thoughtfully
Which means don’t scoff your food down and don’t do other things will eating food (such as driving, watching tv or going on the computer). Enjoy your food – every mouthful. This will also result in inner peace, satisfaction and prevent you from eating more than you should.