The million dollar question is, which diet/lifestyle is the healthiest?
Is it Paleo? Keto? Vegan? There are so many “diets” and lifestyles to choose from. One minute you think you’re doing the right thing by eating a certain way and the next minute you hear that it’s bad for you. It can be so frustrating and confusing. Especially when you’re trying to make a healthy change, improve your athletic performance or support a diagnosed condition.
Well, there are healthy and unhealthy ways of eating all these ways. Each approach can heal or harm, depending on the choices within the “guidelines”. And even with the healthy versions, there is no one size fits all approach.
So what do you eat?
I promote a whole food lifestyle – real food with minimal processing. Seasonal, organic and local if possible. With a little room for exceptions!
However you label your diet (if you label it, but there’s no need), the important thing is that we concentrate on getting what we need in – an abundance of fresh veggies, moderate amounts of quality protein (whether it’s plant based, or animal and plant based) healthy fats, nuts, seeds and some fruit.
Once we eat that, there is far less room for the huge amount of highly refined carbohydrate/sugar content that most of us are so accustomed to. Then our carbohydrate intake drops, hormones have room to balance and better health follows.
Within this approach, you can eat vegan, paleo, keto, whatever you like, it’s all just about eating quality whole foods.
Then, according to your lifestyle, activity levels, health and fitness goals, food sensitivities, etc, you see what is a good fit for you personally. Become in tune with what makes you feel good, and what doesn’t. What makes you feel great may not work for another.
Even with this seemingly simple approach, making changes can be difficult for a lot of people. We are often talking about undoing a lifetime of habits and misinformation that we were brought up on. And with all the marketing out there by food companies who care little about your health and more about making money, what is “healthy” is very often not straightforward or common sense.
If you’d like to make a healthy change, improve your athletic performance or support a diagnosed condition and you’re not sure where to start, seeking professional advice from a nutritionist can be helpful in finding what is right for you. Working with a professional that understands that transitioning your health is as individual as your personality can help take the guesswork out, give you peace of mind and keep you accountable while you learn and form new habits.
Contact me for a free 15 min no obligation consultation. In that time we’ll help give you some clarity about where you’re at, where you’d like to be and options of how to move forward.