Paleo or vegan? Gluten or no gluten? What about dairy? And fats? How bad is sugar, really?
There are a lot of mixed messages when it comes to what we should be eating. Some swear by a paleo lifestyle, while others thrive on a vegan lifestyle.
Mind Body Green sat down with three respected physicians, Frank Lipman, Mark Hyman, and Joel Kahn as they discussed several popular dietary theories and debated over the best ways to eat for optimal health.
You can watch the video here.
Here are my favorite takeaways from the discussion:
» Don’t be scared of fats! The best options are avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and for non-vegans, grass-fed butter. If your family has a history of heart disease, be mindful of your consumption.
» Wheat: those who have celiac’s must remove/avoid gluten, but if gluten doesn’t seem to be an issue for you, then the consumption of whole grains does provide nutritional benefits.
» Treat sugar like a recreational drug, as it is incredibly addictive.
» Dairy has been shown to be just as addictive as sugar.
» While there is some gray area, keep the focus on the fundamentals – eat high-quality, low-glycemic, whole foods.
Don’t worry so much about the type of ‘diet’ – just eat real food. Eat as close to nature as possible. Eat what makes YOU feel good.
Each person is unique with highly individualized nutritional requirements. As a Health Coach who focuses on bio-individuality, I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all diet. We each have different anatomies, metabolisms and genetic backgrounds that influence our overall health and the foods that make us feel our best. That’s why no single way of eating works for everyone – the foods that my body thrives on, may not work for you and your body. One person’s food may be another person’s poison. That is why jumping on the bandwagon of the latest fad diet may cause harm to your body in the long run.
To look and feel your best, you need to discover what foods nourish you and what foods don’t. We are all so different, and getting to know your own body and tuning into its signals is an essential step in getting and staying healthy. As a Health Coach, I have studied all the major dietary theories and I guide and support my clients to discover what approach will best nourish their bodies and help them reach optimal health. If you’re interested in enlisting a health coach to help you achieve your health and wellness goals, send me a message: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video! What style(s) of eating have you experimented with? What makes you feel your best?
Be well Xo