Is diet a four-letter word? Really, instead of a “diet” being viewed as only a way and means of reducing body shape and size, it’s all the things we eat and drink — regardless of a goal or outcome.
Our diets don’t need to be overtly restrictive and exercise need not be punishment, says dietitian Cara Harbstreet.
Harbstreet joins host Gary Chambers for this edition of the Fit Farmer podcast, to talk about how growing up in a rural area and living the farm life impacts our traditions, our eating habits, and our attitudes towards food.
Harbstreet calls herself a non-diet dietitian, helping people to open up people’s views of health and eating right. She encourages intuitive eating and health at every size, remove the judgement and shame often associated with diets.
Diet is everything we eat, not a structure or list of restricted foods, she says, and our focus needs to be about health, not punishment, and eating foods we enjoy matched with positive habits. Growing up on a farm, many often eat by the clock vs. when they’re actually hungry. What’s more, many end up in a habit or tradition of eating foods they don’t really enjoy.
Instead, Harbstreet encourages being mindful of what you’re eating, enjoying your food, and sharing a meal that leaves you satisfied, not just full. Intuitive eating is about being curious, she says, and keeping an open mind about new foods or a new way of eating.
Listen below for more from Fit Farmer host Gary Chambers and dietitian Cara Harbstreet: