Why Restrictive Diets Should be Restricted (for the Average Healthy Person)


Ever heard someone say “oh I don’t eat bread”, or better yet “I don’t do carbs”. Maybe you hear of other restrictions such as no dairy, no gluten, no “dessert”. Unless a person has a medical condition, allergy, intolerance, etc. to certain foods or food groups, it can be counterproductive to eliminate or restrict foods or even entire food groups. What do I mean by counterproductive? Well, does it seem realistic to go the rest of life without bread? Does never having a cookie again sound dreadful? Very often what happens is people restrict so long that when they splurge on the restricted food, they really go all out. I understand that some people have that “all or nothing” mind set, but when it comes to food and feeding the body with nutrition, it is important to get a balance. If an entire food group is restricted, a person could be missing out on many healthful nutrients. Deficiencies of certain vitamins or minerals could even occur! Also, eating is very mental for some. Developing a negative relationship with food can easily happen if someone avoids social settings that involve certain foods. Going out to restaurants, celebrating at parties, and other similar events should be enjoyed. I don’t mean do it all the time, but once in awhile will not hurt. There is not one certain food that will “make you fat” or any food group that should be avoided. Eating is something we do every day, multiple times a day, so eat a variety of healthful foods, eat appropriate portion sizes, and enjoy the positive experiences that come along with eating food.