I’m not into diets. It’s unfortunate that the word diet has become synonymous with dieting, or restricting. It’s a loaded word, that no longer just brings to mind our specific eating patterns. I support my patients as they work toward eating the optimal diet; the goal is for it to become their lifestyle, what they do 80% of the time. The other 15-20% is just details–a piece of cake at a birthday party, an indulgent meal out for an anniversary. When patients come to me and say, “Last Sunday, Father’s Day, I really indulged.” My response is always the same, I say ok, you need to indulge every once in awhile, what I want to know is this, “What did Monday and Tuesday look like? Were you able to fall back into the optimal eating pattern?” I prescribe unlimited fruits, vegetables, and legumes, as part of the optimal eating pattern. Sometimes this can be a little too abstract. So this week I’m undergoing a 2×4 challenge. Every day I’m trying to get this in:
- 2 cups of vegetables
- 2 cups of greens
- 2 cups of fruit
- 2 cups of legumes
Walking my talk is really important to me, so this week I’m making sure my “unlimited” fruits/veggies/legumes actually meet what I consider to be the gold standard.