In America, there’s one divorce every 36 seconds.
Reading this article from top to bottom will most likely end with a handful of couples filing those separation papers.
That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.
First marriages that end in divorce often have an average lifespan of eight years before both parties call it quits.
The good news is that divorce rates were around 50% in the 80’s and they have decreased to around 40% currently.
Not the most positive of stats—sorry.
But, it is what it is.
Just as most of those marriages that take eight years to finally end often times needed to be annulled a lot sooner, most people’s relationship with their diet drags on longer than it needs to.
While the average woman will stick to her diet five weeks, two days, and 43 minutes.
There’s also a large majority of men and women who stick to a diet that makes them miserable and isn’t beneficial to their quality of life.
Just as it’s tough but essential to call it quits on bad relationships—the same courage is needed when it comes to divorcing your diet.
Divorcing your relationship or diet doesn’t mean you're weak or lessens your worth—in fact, this often shows that you have courage and care for yourself more than the average person.
Don’t be one of those average people who sticks around in a relationship for longer than they need to (it’s not going to work out, just move on). Don’t be one of those people whose scared to divorce their diet because they think there isn’t other options.
Here are five signs it’s time to divorce your diet.
1.Your diet is treated like a religion
Religion is a powerful force in people’s lives. It helps them make decisions, choose partners, and guides them through their daily lives.
Religion to a certain extent also closes the door on seeing particular things a certain way. Committing to a religion means abiding by all those principles and rules of that particular way.
This isn’t bad necessarily, since it helps provide direction and keeps many on a good path.
However, when it comes to our health and fitness—this isn’t such a good idea. Closing all your nutritional doors leads to some biases.
Diet trends are getting more and more popular each year.
In 2013 and probably still to this day, The Paleo diet was the most searched diet on Google. Ahead of the Mediterranean diet, Atkins diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or any type of diet that you can think of.
In fact, in the U.S., the number of vegetarians has doubled in the last decade while vegetarian cookbooks are the fastest growing division in the food sector business.
Whether it’s Paleo or becoming a vegetarian, the potential issue lies in the rigidity and inflexible allegiance people pledge to their diets. Some people cut off all carbs while another percentage swears that all the problems revolve around dietary fats.
Imposing these self-imposing rules on yourself and anything that goes against those beliefs are automatically assumed false despite any possible and logical merits is problematic.
Vegans don’t want to hear that a little meat is actually beneficial. The meat-loving crowd doesn’t want to hear anything about how a more plant-based diet is beneficial.
Why can’t all nutritional camps be friends (maybe they should listen to this song)?
All macronutrients are beneficial and serve a specific and vital purpose to making our body the best version it can possibly be.
By approaching your nutrition with a tunnel vision mentality, you're actually slowing your fitness and general health goals.
At the end of the day, the main objective for everyone should be to provide their bodies with the quality nutrients it needs. These nutrients enable you to live an optimal life with longevity in mind and maximal productivity.
2.It puts you on an emotional rollercoaster
If you’re tired, cranky, sick, and other emotion descriptions—it’s time to divorce your diet.
Eating a well-balanced and nutrient dense diet is designed to give you an ample amount of energy—not leave you feeling even more drained.
If that’s the case, you’re not consuming enough calories. Secondly, you’re not consuming enough quality nutrients within those daily calories.
If your diet is emotionally throwing you off balance, there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll binge and emotionally eat to temporary improve your current mood.
Avoid this situation by assessing and taking note of how you’re feeling while on your nutrition plan. Are feeling more energetic? Are you sleeping well? Are your workouts going well or is your strength decreasing in the gym? What about your sexual drive—that’s a key indicator as well?
Eating to improve your physical appearance is important, but more important than that is eating in a way that goes along perfectly with your daily life.
3.You have poor (or infrequent) bowel movements
We all poop and need to recognize this. In fact, we should be pooping every day (on a random note, the word poop is funny and always makes me smile).
Let’s have a brief chat about poop.
Your poop is going to be one of the best indicators to how beneficial your current diet is.
With a set of healthy bowels, anytime you insert food in there, those bowels are going to remove your toxins.
If those toxins aren't removed and your bowels aren’t eliminating as they should be—then you’re going to be headed down a road of constipation (literally).
Constipation equals a not-too-happy body where those toxins are able to enter your bloodstreams and cause inflammation. This constipation puts your body at risk for a plethora of health issues.
If your poop is rock hard and comes out like little pebbles—you need more fiber (and more water as well to go along with the increased fiber).
4.You exist for cheat days
You force yourself to eat on this nutritional plan for the entire week and when Sunday rolls around—it’s time to gorge with no remorse.
While I’m all for indulging oneself and enjoying foods guilt-free, there’s a difference between indulging because of pleasure and indulging due to deprivement.
Playing this mental game of deprivement usually, backfires because those cheat days get out-of-control. Next thing you know, you’ve eaten an entire pizza, a tub of ice cream, and some more eateries.
Indulging on a cheat day where restriction and rules dictate your life leads to eating just for sakes of eating because most of those items you’re eating are normally forbidden and labeled bad foods.
This strategy isn’t likely to last for long-term weight loss.
As mushy as this sounds, long-term weight loss starts with a focus on our overall health and treating our body well—not treating it like a yo-yo.
If you focus on eating to feel good, the rest of your process will fall into place. Less restriction and more intuitiveness.
5.It makes you do a complete 180 with your lifestyle
If you canceled dinner with friends because you were afraid it was going to ruin your macros or progress—then it’s time to divorce your diet.
If you have to make excuses as to why you can’t eat something all the time or seem to always be using some type of cleanse that affects your normal routine and interactions with people—you’re unbalanced.
Your “healthy lifestyle” is negatively affecting your relationships and decreasing your quality of life.
Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean being inconvenience with every turn you take in life.
The way you choose to eat isn’t a one-way street that leads to a dead end, it’s instead an open highway with many paths to the end destination. The route you choose to arrive by is completely up to you.
Nutrition and your preferred lifestyle is a creative choice that is 100% in your hands.
Food is meant to be enjoyed and shared with others. It’s also fuel for your body, but eating healthier doesn’t mean giving up on the important events of your daily lifestyle and abandoning the important people in your life.
File those papers and seek a nutrition plan that treats you well and allows you to feel great and look great.