DIET conjures up images like:
With our obsession with weight and what we eat and even how we eat it, we as a society seem to have labelled any weight loss system/plan/etc as a DIET and as such bad connotations have evolved around the word. In reality, I feel we should be thinking of DIET as a way of eating as in "Eastern diet, Western diet, North African diet ...... HEALTHY diet". DIETING on the otherhand deserves the bad wrap it gets ;-)
Diet, in relation to food, might mean:
Diet (nutrition), the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group
Dieting, the deliberate selection of food to control body weight or nutrient intake
Diet food, foods that aid in dieting
Cuisine, the diet of a particular culture
I think I may illustrate my point better by saying that being a vegetarian or a vegan is never referred to as DIETING and yet it is deliberate selection of food by a group of people, however it is a healthy way to live your life. It's a choice is what I think I'm trying to say. And for me I think I am trying to work my brain out of the whole bad connotations associated with DIETS and DIETING and that what and why I choose to eat or not eat something is a way of life, a HEALTHY DIET I choose to follow.
I was just thinking out loud here, does anyone have any views of their own on the subject?? Or am I over analysing it!