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If One Diet Doesn’t Fit All…. What Fits You?

Finding your path to sane eating is worth the effort....

1. What way of eating makes you feel best physically? Think about kinds of foods, amounts and frequency of meals.

2. Is there any type of prescribed diet (for example, Weight Watchers, South Beach, etc.) that you’ve tried before and mostly liked? Is there any part of that plan that didn’t work so well for you? Could you use this plan with modifications?

3. Are there diet trends or recommendations that you’ve tried to stick to but simply find too hard (for example, high protein, no white flour, etc.)

4. What eating habits make you feel good about yourself—and conversely, which make you feel out-of-control? Do you think others would find what you call “out-of-control” problematic? Are you too hard on yourself, or do you feel confident that your assessment is realistic?

5. Are there foods that cause you to overeat no matter what? Have you ever been able to eat them in moderation? Can you imagine ever doing so?

6. What lifestyle factors interfere with your eating the way you feel best (for example, no time to eat dinner at home)?

7. Do you have support for making changes you would like to make (helpful friends or spouse, OA group, therapist, etc.)?

Write down your responses. From there, write a “draft” version of an eating routine that would respect these considerations. This shouldn’t be some ideal scheme that you don’t think you’d ever be able to follow. While it might not resemble what you currently do, it should strike you as within the realm of possibility—something you could aspire to, work toward in small steps, or in larger ones with support. Something you can picture yourself living with, even if some bumps need smoothing out.

A steady stream of diet and nutrition information can offer some useful bits. However, we leave our own sense of what’s best for us, and what works for us, at our peril. Part of “Thin From Within” is strengthening our internal compass when it comes to our own care and feeding.