Diets put you in a box, but every body is different. You really do have to try a few things to figure out what eating plan helps you stay healthy and energized. No matter which plan you pick, all ideologies advocate eating as many whole, natural foods as possible. Below is a short list of some of the latest approaches to healthy eating.
*Tip – As you try different foods, keep a journal to see how your body reacts. If you ever feel gassy, tired, anxious, or achy after eating a particular food you may have an intolerance and should consider taking it out of your diet altogether.
Ayurveda – this is a holistic approach to mind, body, senses, and soul harmony. This approach sees human beings as being composed of three biopsychic forces called doshas. The vata dosha is responsible for gross and subtle movement, the pitta dosha is responsible for metabolism and the kapha dosha accounts for structure, lubrication and form. If one dosha is out of balance, then illness (and weight issues) can occur. Therefore Ayurveda looks at the root cause stating that unless the seed is removed, there is no point in repeatedly pruning off the fruit. Because Ayurveda is individually based, finding a practitioner near you is the best way to start.
Paleolithic (Paleo) – this diet is based on our hunter-gatherer ancestors and how each person ate before the Agricultural Revolution. Therefore people are encouraged to eat grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, and fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits. They are also encouraged to avoid legumes, processed foods, refined sugars, grains, and dairy. Things to watch out for – make sure to eat plenty of vegetables to help balance the protein your eating. Steer clear of factory-farmed meats and fish and make sure to get enough good fat into your diet. Click here for recipes.
Vegan – Veganism is an extension from vegetarianism in which people choose to eat only plant-based foods, abstaining from consuming any animal products (that mean no eggs or dairy). If you choose to eat vegan, avoid non-meat products that mimic beef, chicken, etc. as they are highly processed. In fact, try to avoid processed foods in general sticking instead to real foods and whole vegetables. Click here to find a vegan restaurant near you, or here for recipes.
Gluten-free – this diet excludes the protein called gluten, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten has been linked with celiac disease as well as inflammation in the body and malabsorption of essential nutrients, which can cause all sorts of health issues. Click here to see if you have gluten intolerance. While there are many grains that do not contain gluten, you have to be careful of cross-contamination and mixed flour products. Luckily, more and more products and restaurants are coming out with gluten-free dieters in mind. Click here for recipes.