The original meaning of diet stems from the Greek word diata, which means a way of life. Diata acknowledges the influence of the environment and lifestyle — eating, exercise, sleep, relationships and work — on physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Eating is central to our health but we need to assess the impact of other lifestyle factors as well. We often eat to gain energy, but stress, poor breathing, and inadequate sleep and exercise also affect our energy levels.
We often eat to gain energy, but stress, poor breathing, and inadequate sleep and exercise also affect our energy levels.
Diata Includes Nourishment from Movement
As scientific research advances, we learn more about the interrelationship of lifestyle factors on our health and wellbeing. We have known for several decades that exercise (movement) and nutritious foods are a powerful combination of body and mind fitness.
For example, research has uncovered the importance of muscle strengthening exercises for bone strength and blood glucose metabolism. Regular exercise is also important for the regulation of body weight, digestion, and sleep.
To gain the full nourishment from what we eat I believe that we need to take care of our mind and body through lifestyle choices that support our individual needs.
Diata Relies on Sleep
More recently we have learned that the amount and quality of sleep have a large impact on our health. Lack of sleep interferes with our hormone balance.
This influence directly alters what we feel like eating, driving us to eat higher fat and sugary foods.
Insufficient sleep has been linked to insulin resistance, overweight, type 2 diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases.
Insulin resistance occurs when the cells of our body become less sensitive to insulin. Even with higher levels of insulin in our blood, our body fails to control the amount of blood glucose. Insulin resistance is the precursor to type 2 diabetes.
Diata Focusses on Relationships
Our relationships with others impact on our total health through our lifestyle choices, such as what we eat.
Our eating habits are formed in our family. We learn to eat in a certain way due to our early childhood experiences.
In our adult years, we may continue to eat the way we did in our family of origin, or we may modify our eating for health and ethical reasons.
We may also adopt eating habits from our spouse and friends. Often what, how, and when we eat is influenced by our relationships.
Supportive relationships are crucial for optimal health.
Diata Puts You in Control
The quality of our physical, mental, and spiritual health is primarily based on our own assessment, but we can look to Western and Eastern medicine for guidance.
The link between the health of the mind and body is very clear in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Ultimate health is defined as self-relisation or enlightenment with Eastern cultures emphasising the health of the mind.
The World Health Organisation promotes: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In reality, though, Western health systems generally focus on the absence of disease. There are examples of holistic approaches in the West such as the practice of mindfulness and meditation.
Meditation has gained acceptance through research demonstrating that certain practices lower blood pressure, increase concentration span, boost self-compassion, and assist with eating and lifestyle choices. Psychological approaches are also applied to improve mental and physical health.
Eating for You Embraces Diata
Eating for You embraces the essence of diata. The modern definition of diet is too narrow and restrictive in nature.
If you are seeking a wholist approach to eating that is kind and compassionate, but don’t where to start
Then please join me in an Eating Habit Profile call.
In the free call I provide guidance to get you started with your first step towards overcoming your major eating habit.
I offer the calls for free as I know that you have tried multiple diets and programs and want something that works.