Why getting diet support is the key to your success
Congratulations if you have recently changed your diet to a healthier one. Regardless of the type of diet you are on and the reasons you have for changing your diet, if you are planning a healthy diet you should see some improvements in your health and weight.
However, no sooner have most diets begun then there is a problem and the diet is forgotten.
- Tired of dieting (40%)
- Diet didn’t allow favorite foods (22%)
- Diet too restrictive to stick to it (21%)
However, there is a solution that can help you easily overcome these problems. The solution is to get support with your diet.
When you get support you:
1: Get encouragement spurring each other on. And eating more healthily changes from a chore to an exciting challenge.
2: Can ask others for help finding healthier versions of your favourite food or support to carry on when you deviate from your diet.
3: Realise that nobody sticks to a perfectly healthy diet 100% of the time so you allow for blips and pick yourself back up and carry on with the help of others.
Support is everything….
There are so many different ‘healthy’ diets out there and I can’t even begin to cover them all, except to encourage you to find some support for whatever diet you are on at the moment. Here are some ways you can find support:
- Forums: Type in the name of your diet or healthy food followed by the word ‘forum’ and you’ll find many like minded people to chat to about your special diet.
- Blogs: There is often a great community on popular blogs. You can get involved in discussions in the comments or on the blog’s facebook page, or email the blog owner directly (bare in mind they may get too many emails to respond to you individually). Some will offer paid for consultancy too.
- In person: Try and find a local meet up group that supports your way of eating. You can’t beat real life friends. Try Yahoo Meet up Groups to search for your particular interest.
- Facebook: Find facebook pages or communities for your special diet.
- Find a buddy. I haven’t tried this website Wanna Buddy, but it looks like a great idea for linking up friends with similar interests in your local area.
Is it helpful to put yourself in a box?
By this I mean, in order to find friends with similar interests you have to give yourself a label first. Are you a green smoothie drinker, on a gluten free diet, raw diet, macrobiotic, vegetarian, Juicing diet, alkaline diet, food combining diet, Gerson diet, high protein diet, low carbs diet, low fat diet, low sodium diet, no sugar diet, diabetic, Organic food, weight watchers, calorie counters etc. etc. There are millions of different diets so it’s really helpful to give yourself a label so that you can find like minded support.
However, what if like me, you dabble in a lot of different things, never quite being completely pure about anything. I still think it’s good to give yourself labels as it helps others to understand you and it helps you to find friends. However do watch out for purists who ‘appear’ to do everything perfectly and will make you feel completely inadequate. It is much better to avoid these types of people and look out for supportive people who accept that we all have good days and bad days and are never perfect all of the time.
Here are some example of labels that I give myself and reasons why I don’t completely fit in within this group. I also share some support groups that have been really helpful to me for these particular groups.
- Green Smoothie drinker: There is a massive community of bloggers who all love to drink green smoothies. I’ve received such amazing support and advice from them. However I’m not a pure green smoothie drinker as I put oats in my green smoothies.
- Vegan: I have found some great local vegan meet ups through yahoo groups and facebook. I currently meet with my local vegan support group which I love. However any vegans might be horrified to know that (shock horror) I still have my old leather sofas in my house.
- Raw foodist: I stuck to a 100% raw food diet for 6 months and during that time I found a thriving raw food group in Glasgow where I used to live. However I didn’t quite fit in as I was following the 80/10/10 version of a raw food diet and not indulging in cacao cake for breakfast. Now I don’t call myself a raw foodist, but I do have a high raw diet. I also found some great support on the 30 bananas a day forum. This is a great place for low fat raw vegans to chat, and I actually made a real life local friend via this forum, however people can be purists about this diet. It’s not something you can easily do halfheartedly.
- Gluten free: Gluten/Wheat does not agree with me if I have too much of it. White flour makes me fall asleep and during my last pregnancy whenever I ate wheat I got what I called a ‘wheat pain’ in my side. So I avoid gluten most of the time. However I allow myself wheat on occassions as let’s face it, it’s hard enough to find vegan food when you’re out and about in the UK, let alone having to be gluten free too! There are so many gluten free blogs it’s unbelievable. However I don’t fit in so well with this category as I feel a lot of gluten free food isn’t exactly healthy, it’s just got a lot flour substitutes in the main. However one blog I do love that has dairy free and gluten free food and does make an effort to be healthy is Healthful Pursuit. Leanne’s recipes are so tempting. Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Other Support Groups Unrelated to food
- Mum: I’m a first time Mum to my little baby. Before I moved house I joined an online UK website called Netmums. Not only is there a wealth of information on there, and supportive forums but the ability to meet up with Mums locally. This is based in the UK. Before I moved house I’d already made loads of Mummy friends in my new location and I hadn’t even had my baby at that stage. I go to play groups with my baby too, although I always feel like I’m the only one trying to keep their child away from the sugar laden biscuits and cordial drinks.
- Blogger: As a new blogger it’s great to be able to get some support as it can be a lonely job. So I joined the Blog Angels scheme where you get your own blog angel helping you with your blog and you also help a different blogger with their blog. Rosie at Craftbotic organised this and has done a fabulous job of pairing me with 2 like minded bloggers. I have really enjoyed getting to know these bloggers a bit more. I am blog angel for Vegan Mother Hubbard who was pleased to be included in my 8 Best Vegan Blogs post. I was happy to have Julie from White Lights on Wednesday as my blog angel, and Julie actually took part in my Green Thickies challenge. What a great angel!
- Christian: The first thing I do when I move to a new area (which is often) is find a church. As I never have my family near, my church family becomes my family and it’s very important to me. My faith is very important to me and I believe it’s all about having a relationship with God. Sometimes though my relationships takes a back seat and that’s why it’s important to have people to be honest with when I’m just not interested in reading the bible.
This has been shared with Allergy Free Wednesdays, Healthy2Day Wednesdays, Fresh Foods, Whole Food Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Wheat Free Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday