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Maybe this is a generational thing, but perhaps many of you used to use the term, “NOT.”  For example, maybe you say something like “I’m going to the store and buy 10 gallons of ice cream and come home and eat all of it at once!”  But respond by saying, “Not!”  It was a fad just like “cool,” “bad,” “rad” and “sick” all came to be.

This “NOT” terminology still sticks in my mind and I now relate it to this healthy eating lifestyle.  To relate this right away, an example would be, “I’m going to have chips and soda with my lunch.” “NOT!”

Just like the rest of the Beyond Diet program, this isn’t rocket science.  It’s common sense – I just needed more than 400 characters to explain it. 😉  The point I would like to make here is that so many folks get caught up in trying to figure out which is the best cheese, yogurt or sausage to buy.  “Can I have this, or can I have that?” “Is it ok to have an extra carb serving at dinner?”  Yet if folks could step back and ask the question, “What am I NOT eating” or “What am I NO longer doing” that is making me feel better, lose weight and become healthier?

Take a step back and think about this.  Don’t fret over how to make water taste better, just know how much better and healthier you will be just because you’re NOT drinking soda.

Did you have 3 oz of wild caught tuna for lunch or 4 oz? OR, did you have tuna and NOT a Subway sandwich on wheat bread with mayo?

Organics can (not always) be expensive.  However, for many food items, you might also think in terms of what you’re NOT eating.  Are you better off having a non-organic strawberry with your plain, non-organic Greek Yogurt or is the bigger picture that you’re NOT having “Eggo” waffles smothered in “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” and “Fat Free” syrup made from High Fructose Corn syrup?

Does is matter if you walk on the treadmill, lift weights, do Zoomba or run marathons? OR does it matter that you’re NOT sitting on the couch eating Cheetos and watching Lucy reruns?

I think there’s a pattern here so I probably don’t need any more examples.  Hopefully you’re following me.

Yes, learning which foods are more healthy and which ones are bad can be complicated, and in many cases, controversial.  Is juicing better than a spinach and egg omelet?  Is intermittent fasting better than have 5 meals a day?  I don’t know the answer to those questions and clearly those answers are debated every day and will continue to be.  What I do know, that any of those choices above are better than eating processed foods.  It’s a no brainer, it’s not rocket science, it’s common sense.

The moral of the story?  If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the information, the decisions, the meal planning, whatever, just take a step back for a moment and just think about all the things you’re NOT eating or NOT doing anymore.  I hope this helps, even just a little.