By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
Could there be a worse 4 letter word than DIET? I don’t think so! No one is excited about it but making a few alterations to what we choose to eat and when we eat it can make an enormous change in lifestyle. So, even though we may not like them lets discuss a few and perhaps by the end of this BLOG we may have a new attitude about our old friend “Diet”!
Diet confusion is understated! So many rules, so many things I’ve never heard of and my grandma certainly did not make this recipe! Its ok, I’m with you, I don’t want to count calories, I don’t want to weigh anything (not even myself), but I have you covered. We will discuss something for everyone so buckle up!
Let’s begin with Paleo. Simply put, if a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you! If you’re a meat lover, then you’re in the right place. However, you need to let go of all things “grain” related. The good news is this, there are no counting calories! Have meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, local veggies, and seeds. But do it right! Paleo does include meat, but make sure what is on your plate is mostly greens and the meat is a side dish. Meat serving size should be the same size as the palm of your hand, no more.
Auto Immune Paleo is a little pickier than Paleo alone. This diet focuses more on nutrient-dense foods like organ meats, seafood, seeds, fruits, and veggies. This diet may work best for people who have an autoimmune disease, and they need food allergy testing to help avoid foods that hurt their gut. The goal of the Autoimmune Paleo Diet is to flood the body with nutrients while avoiding foods that may be interfering with the bodies ability to heal and stop autoimmune attacks on the body.
The Keto Diet is a very low carb diet. The body turns fat into ketones for use as energy. This increases fat burning power and reduces hunger. In short, the Keto Diet is high fat, low carb, and moderate protein. We can teach this to you, or we can teach you ways to UP the ketones in your body so fat tends to fall off.
A Gluten-Free diet is for people that are reacting negatively to the protein in wheat called “gluten.” People with autoimmune disease or severe illnesses seem to improve when they give up gluten and other hard proteins that react negatively to the body. For some, even other grains like corn, rice, oat, etc. “act” like gluten in the body, so some people do best on a grain free, not just a gluten-free diet.
Before making a choice and to save you from Diet Confusion, visit us at Nutritionally Yours where we can help you better understand which lifestyle DIET may be best for you as far as weight and health. We can also do testing to show you which foods you are reacting to which will allow you to make better choices.
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.