Some synonyms for “diet” that came to mind.
Obviously, not all of these = diet in every circumstance/for everyone. Sometimes meal plans, like in eating disorder treatment, are beneficial. Or maybe you have IBS and your doctor advises you to cut out certain foods for a period of time to help with your digestion. But for those of us not in those kinds of situations, the “not-a-diet diets” can be a pitfall. They seem less rigid. Or don’t have diet in the name. But I think that, unless you have necessary food restrictions (like a peanut allergy, for example), not having strict rules around food helps you develop a healthier relationship with food and allows you to make good choices for you and your body, both because you’re able to tune in to what you need and because it’s sustainable.
What are some other synonyms for “diet” you’ve heard?
And in the not-dieting vein, here’s a post on becoming a normal eater.