Welcome to the essential omnivore podcast I’m your host Lucia Holley and I’m here to help you take the fear out of food one bite and one conversation at a time from guest interviews to the gooiest of details about your death I hope you’ll join me in creating space around the subjects of our bodies and just what they might.

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To another episode of the essential.

Nutritional therapy practitioner today I’m doing an episode by myself because I find that when I.

Have a subject that I want to talk about I end up talking about it in 15-second clips over on Instagram stories which is totally cool but also maybe is not quite enough time to appropriately and adequately express my feelings and thoughts on the subject so today what I’m talking about if you follow me over on Instagram maybe you saw.

This story it was from earlier this week last week I’m talking about how we can conceptualize some differences between the term diet and dieting and the term diet.

Dietary preference because I think there are some differences between those and I know for me when I’m talking about health and wellness I will stray away from the use of.

The term diet because that term is so packed full of different feelings and issues and that can be good and fine but at the end of the day I want to make sure that we just feel.

Like hopefully all of us have a little bit more ability to suss out when something is feeling guiity in the restriction mindset or idea of the word or when something is feeling it like it’s.

A diet and it’s a dietary preference so let’s I have a list written out let’s talk about some of these differences so to me and again you know what this is like my opinion so just remember that diet and dieting for me that use of that term and how we use it in our culture right now is with the idea that it is something that is happening.

In the short-term and I want to let me pause right there and preface it with this dialogue I don’t want to make diets into good or bad things I think they.

Can have a purpose I think they can have a utility but that utility is so specific and that’s what I want to get at today so going back to it diet / dieting in its most ideal.

Form a diet is a short-term change in how we are consuming food okay a dietary style or a dietary preference on the other hand is a or can be viewed as a longer-term choice so this then pivots us.

Into diving deeper into what the difference between short term and long term is so with the diet.

/ dieting typically a diet is something it’s a protocol that is lacking something and it’s coming from a place of restriction we’re changing up if we’re talking about food we’re changing up our food in such a way that we our making sure that our body is.

Getting the hint that it needs to be changing its processes whether that is for weight loss or weight gain or from a health and wellness standpoint whether that is an elimination style type of diet then that could be for health and wellness from the gut to the skin to our colon to our brain but at the end of the day a diet and dieting is short term it’s removing something and it’s restricting on the other side of the coin of our dieting coin we have that dietary preference and lifestyle so that.

Is the one that is long-term or it can be use long term and we won’t necessarily and hopefully in the way that we are using that when it’s being used long term that means that we’re not in a place where we have to be worried about nutritional deficiencies or a lack of something because.

It is cohesive enough in its approach whatever that dietary preference or lifestyle might be that it can fulfill all those different.

Silos of Health a dietary lifestyle / preference is also then very much going to.

Be something that’s sustainable and.

Likely in my opinion it’s something that’s coming from a place of abundance where we can look at inclusion we can look at variety within our foods and it doesn’t necessarily have to come from a fear-based place it can be something where we feel comfort and we fear it feel increased or sustained wellness from that dietary preference / lifestyle so differences so far diet and dieting a short term typically is lacking something and.

That comes often from a utilitarian standpoint right we’re trying to provoke a change and it’s restricting in one way or another whether it’s.

For health or composition or for something else a dietary preference can be used in the long term it can be sustainable in its approach and it’s often coming from.

A place of inclusion and with that because it is sustainable and long-term that means that we’re not necessarily lacking we have a different lens on why we’re using that word dietary so finally one other idea that what I want to bring into this conversation is that a diet such dieting hopefully because it is in its ideal sense a short-term protocol or a short-term choice whether that’s two weeks six weeks maybe up to three months tops twelve weeks it’s for a specific goal so when someone is dieting they’re using the diet in that ideal world they.

Why they’re dieting and this.

Is where I want to dive into what can be so both fascinating and maybe a.

Little bit well definitely quite frustrating about the current culture that I feel like we’re in.
Where what we can see happening is that and I would bet that this.

Is a common occurrence for a lot of us is that we’ll find a diet or we’ll be told about a diet and it looks new.

It looks shiny and we want to try.

It and that’s awesome and our goal might be just to let’s.

Say lose weight because that is a conversation that comes up a lot we use a diet and our goal is to lose weight unfortunately with that description alone in our ideal discussion about a diet and dieting I think what can be so useful is making sure that there is a and this makes me feel like a high school teacher there is a SMART goal meaning it is a specific a measurable unattainable relevant and a timely goal and I think this part if we could.

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