Could This be Your Year of Saying No to Diet Trends?
From fad diets to the latest hot restaurant to recipes that take three hours to polish, it’s all too easy sometimes for a sense of FOMO — fear of missing out — to feel all encompassing, with stress about where to eat, what and when.
The antidote can be as easy as just saying no. There can be joy in missing out — JOMO — when you figure out what works for you and your lifestyle. You can decide what type of food and eating style works for you, and how you want to nourish yourself.
Make Peace With Missing Out
Personal Development Coach Jenny Tryansky works with clients to help them sort out what’s important to them and what may be holding them back so they can grow, make empowered choices that are aligned with their values, and move forward in their lives with confidence and purpose.
She describes the benefits of JOMO.
“When you make peace with missing out, you make a commitment to looking inward to do what feels right for you, and shutting out the external ‘shoulds’,” she says.
Releasing the pressure valve of outside influences, or the need to compare and judge ourselves, allows for space to care for ourselves, she notes.
One of the best ways to do this is to listen to what your body needs. Consider working out: “Sometimes it’s sweating in the gym and sometimes it’s dancing in the kitchen with my 5-year-old,” she shares. “Both are valid, depending on what my body needs at that time.”
It’s the same for food. Trends and diets can be confusing. If you rigidly stick to one method, warns Tryansky, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
“We’re all unique individuals who respond differently to different methods, both in health and life in general,” she says. Experimenting and adjusting is key. “Otherwise, you may start to feel like something’s wrong with you if one method isn’t working for you, and that can add a whole lot of pressure, plus negative thoughts and emotions to the equation.”
Pick and Choose to Fit Your Needs
She suggests people take pieces of information that make sense to them and their bodies.
“I’ve learned a lot from Paleo approaches to eating and even vegan lifestyles, but I’ve integrated the nuggets that feel right for me into my eating habits,” she says. “For instance, using healthy fats to keep me full and blending them with nuts/seeds instead of starchy carbs has made a huge impact on the way I eat and feel.”
There’s no need to be “hangry” and feel like you’re missing out. The simple dinner salad recipe below offers good-for-you, delicious reasons to whip up a wonderful meal, quickly. You can customize it too, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian.
Pan-Seared Chicken Chopped Salad with Tahini Dressing
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 4 chicken tenders or a chicken breast cut in half (you can substitute steak, salmon, tuna or any other lean protein, or omit protein altogether)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil for grilling
For the Dressing:
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp tahini paste
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp each ground cumin and salt
- 1 tbsp water (or more to thin out salad dressing)
- 2 cups any chopped veggies such as: lettuces, cucumbers, red peppers, celery, carrots (you can grate these), radishes, grape tomatoes, avocados, green onions
- 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 1 boiled egg, cut into wedges
- Handful of nuts or seeds such as: pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts
- Pat your chicken tenders dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. If you like, add a pinch of chili flakes for a hit of spice.
- Place chicken strips in an oiled, hot frying pan and cook over medium heat. Set aside.
- In a blender, add lemon juice, olive oil, tahini paste, garlic, cumin and salt. Combine until blended. If it’s too thick, add water until you reach the desired consistency.
- Assemble the lettuce on a plate with the chopped vegetables, chickpeas or egg, and lay your chicken strips on top.
- Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
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