As a holistic healthcare practitioner with almost 30 years of experience, I have watched many health fads come and go. In general, I agree with the basic advice that teaches “EAT LESS, MOVE MORE” to achieve better health. Everyone would agree with that, right? Sounds easy enough.

But: Eat WHAT? Move HOW? Why are there so many “right” ways to do it?

Different researchers examine and evaluate different factors. One diet is based on a group of people living in a particular region. Another is based on simple, unprocessed foods that can be easily broken down, another may be targeted toward weight loss, and another for the reduction of heart disease. Truth is, everyone’s dietary and health needs are unique to their body chemistry. Diet is not the only contributing factor to obesity, heart disease, or other chronic illness, however, it’s the easiest thing to change, and the thing you have the most control of. Consider five of the most common science-based diet plans:

1. Low-Carbohydrate Diet:

High protein and healthy fats; low carbs.

Linked to weight loss and lower risk of disease. HIGH in meat, fish, eggs, nuts, high-fat dairy, and vegetables. LOW in starches, sugars, and processed foods. Alcohol: whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, tequila contain zero carbs but be careful not to mix with high-carb mixers like fruit juices or colas.

2. Paleo Diet:

High protein and healthy fats; low carbs.

Based on the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, it’s HIGH in unprocessed foods that resemble what nature would offer, such as meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, and fruits. It excludes grains and is LOW in sugar, salt, processed foods, most dairy, legumes, vegetable oils, and trans fats. Alcohol is allowed: lowest cal grain free is gin, tequila, grain-free vodkas. Gluten-free alcohol like ciders or gluten-free red wines are allowed in minimal amounts.

3. Mediterranean Diet:

Protein, healthy fats, and carbs.

HIGH in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, seeds, seafood, and extra virgin olive oil, it has higher carbs and lower protein than Paleo. It is LOW in red meat and includes NO added sugar, processed meats, or refined and processed foods. This diet allows wine.

4. Vegan Diet:

Low protein, healthy fats, high carbs.

HIGH in plant foods and prohibits all animal products. (thus does have some risk of nutrient deficiencies) This plan is selected most commonly by people for ethical or environmental reasons. Alcohol: vegan beer and spirits allowed.

5. Gluten-Free Diet:

Eliminate all sources of gluten.

Essential if you have been tested as allergic to gluten, and a great option if you prove intolerant to gluten. Alcohol: gluten-free spirits allowed.

6. Ketogenic Diet:

Moderate protein, high healthy fat, very low carbs.

This very low-carb, very high-fat diet usually requires less than 5% of calories from carbs, and around 80% calories from fat. Alcohol: whiskey, scotch and bourbon allowed (no- or low- carb only)

Is there a BEST way to eat?

 

 

 

 

There isn’t ONE best way for everybody, but there IS one best way for YOU!

The food plan that works best for you may be different than the one that works for your friend, sibling, or spouse. How will you find this perfect plan?

There is a science-based system that allows you to:

  1. Remove all potential irritating and inflammatory foods
2. Reset your system (reduce low grade inflammation and balance your microbiome)
3. Reintroduce each food in a systematic way to identify the exact foods that are irritating your system

Based on this personalized process, you’ll be able to discover what your optimal health and nutrition plan looks like.

Consider starting your Holistic Health Reset to determine what foods your body needs, tolerates, and craves, and what ones are irritating and wreaking havoc on your body’s environment. You may be surprised at what you find!