Most people have gone on what we call a diet at least once in their lives. Whether you need to lose a few pounds to fit into a special dress for a certain event, or want to wear that really cute 2-piece bathing suit you saw in the store window, I think we can all agree that losing weight is not an easy thing to do! When one goes on a diet to lose weight, there usually tends to be a belief that they can’t eat anything good, which is so not true! And I’m actually going to stop myself here so that I can go ahead and express how I feel about this word and what it represents. Going on a diet to lose weight is just not a good idea. What? How can that be? Well, I’ll tell you! Instead of going on a diet to lose weight, think of this as a time to create a healthy diet. This changes the word from a verb to a noun–people should learn how to eat a healthy diet, and not diet every time they want and/or need to lose weight (which is not healthy for the body). Make sense? So instead of dieting and all that goes along with it, such as eating only a certain type of food or drinking your weight away, simply set your mind to think about how you can incorporate healthy foods into your everyday diet. This will allow for a steady yet gradual process of switching from the old to the new. For instance, if you currently cook with white flour, buy whole wheat and start to mix the two together until you’ve finally reached the point where you’re only using the whole wheat flour. It may take a while, even months, and that’s okay. As you make these small transitions to choosing healthier foods to eat, you should start to lose weight simply because your body is now getting more and better nutrients and also because many healthy foods help keep you feeling full longer so you don’t eat as much. When you decide to make the transition to eating a healthier diet, know that although it may be hard to know where to start at first, just keep trying! Soon enough you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t do this sooner! More Transition Tips/Ideas • White Flour to Whole Wheat/Grain Flour • Find cereals that don’t have sugar listed as one of the first 5 ingredients. • Whole Milk to Low-Fat to Skim to Non-Fat • Make your own pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc. This way you are using all-natural ingredients and avoiding eating all the preservatives (bad!) and unwanted ingredients that are found in most pre-packaged food items.