What is the Best Diet?
This is the number one question I get and if you're confused just like everyone else, I totally understand! There's keto, paleo, vegan, a balanced diet, a sugar free diet.. the list goes on. And if you've ever met a believer in any of those styles of eating, I'm sure they've tried to convince you that their way is the best way of them all. But a few things to get straight first...
1. What's the difference between a diet and a lifestyle change?
We know that 'fad diets' are not sustainable but you might need guidance with making changes so how do you know if you're making a lifestyle change or just falling for another fad? A good way is to ask yourself, "could I eat this way forever?" If you feel like every day is a struggle and you're barely hanging on until you sabotage yourself at a vulnerable moment... it's probably a diet that won't last. Making a change will always be uncomfortable at first - which can actually be good - but it shouldn't be such a drastic change that you're counting down the days until your 30 day program is over.
We can't ignore the fact that we are all such beautifully unique individuals with different genetics, health issues, microbiomes, taste preferences, digestive capabilities... so thinking that one diet would fit all is absurd!
Your health is truly the relationship between you and your body. The better you can listen and adapt to what it needs, the healthier you are. So if you're considering a few different styles... here's a good starting point for guidance:
A whole foods diet: this is the best place to start if you're trying to eat healthier. Take the foods you eat and slowly start swapping items that are closer to whole, unprocessed foods. For example, you might be eating apple sauce that could be swapped for an apple or swapping out a fruit and nut bar for just fruit and nuts.
Ketogenic: diet high in fat, moderate protein, low carb. This style of eating is beneficial for someone with metabolic dysfunction - meaning they are not good at burning the calories they eat for energy. This person tends to feel lethargic after eating, can't lose weight, feels addicted to carbohydrates, and might have high blood sugar on lab testing.
Vegan: no animal products. Because the diet is plant and fiber heavy, this could be good for someone who deals with constipation from meats and needs to up their veggie intake.
Elimination/Whole 30: eliminates common inflammatory triggers. Beneficial for someone experiencing swelling, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, difficulties losing weight with dieting and exercise.
If you're just getting started with eating healthier, I would highly recommend taking a balanced approach that just opens you up to discovering new and healthy foods verses the focusing on restricting what you can't have.
This is a great place to start giving you more direction but always remember, any style of eating can be done in a healthy or unhealthy way. I'm not opposed to using a style of eating as guidance to discover what works best for you, but be honest and check in with yourself to make sure it is a natural pace that doesn't create obsession, restriction, and self sabotage.
Remember, your health is the relationship between you and your body. Keep listening.
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