Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Word games - What is a "diet"?

One of my blog readers made the comment that she does not like the word "diet", although she likes the foods I recommend. I agree, I agree!!

Unfortunately, our society has morphed the word diet into a huge money-making industry based on disordered eating. How sad is that. There is even a Garfield cartoon showing him prostate before his food bowl, holding up a piece of lettuce and saying "Diet is die with a t". That is not how I like to think of the word diet or my life!

I prefer to go back to the early definitions of the word diet, which are:
(1) A day's journey
(2) A way of living or thinking. 

Ahhh, what a more normal and comfortable use of the word, so enlarged and all-encompassing, not so narrow and restricted and leaving one feeling deprived. These uses of the word diet lead to health and wellness, including both the body and soul. 

So what I eat, what I think, what I do (exercise, stress reduction, work, play, cook, express thanks and gratitude, care for others, etc, etc) each and every day is all included in how I care for myself and all ingredients of my daily diet for a healthy life of cancer survivorship, and in fact, it a recipe for a healthy life, period, with or without a cancer diagnosis. I try to emphasize this message in my book and during my presentations. :-)

I'll end with a soothing quotation I recently read:

"Take care of yourself,
you never know when the world will need you."
~~ Rabbi Hillel

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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