The end of dieting DOGMA’s!
You are 100% what you eat! Every single thing whether food, drink or supplement you ingest, is used to build every single cell in your body. Naturally wouldn’t you want the best building materials? Including ALL materials needed to build and make all the systems work optimally?
Over recent years and decades, there have been so many diet DOGMAs about certain ways of eating, eliminating certain foods completely, or food shaming. EGGS ARE NOT EVIL neither are CARBS! SAY IT...CARBS ARE NOT EVIL!!! Feels good, right?
We all have that one friend who is always on a diet and we can’t help but ask them how it’s going, every single time we see them. Odds are in 2021, they’re doing keto. The high-fat, low-carb diet has been surging in popularity. Opposed to the ’90s when FAT-free was the only way to go.
What about that neighbour who is now half the size he used to be, swearing by intermittent fasting and the paleo diet.
Everyone believes passionately that their diet is the best because it worked for them. Vegans vs Carnivores. Low Carb, Whole30, Paleo, Intermittent fasting, 5:2 and so on. In the plant paradox, Steven Gundry writes that plants have built-in self-defence mechanisms making them potentially harmful for the gut. And true plenty of people do not do well with oxalates or sulphur found in kale, spinach, almonds etc. Eating only meat when on the carnivore diet means meat fermenting in the gut. REALLY? What about some starches or fibre to feed the gut bacteria? Some do well with it for a while until a few months down the line when constipation and other health issues start to surface.
Then there are the Vegans, who believe that a plant-based diet is best for human health. However, living on a vegan diet alone can be incredibly difficult to get the right balance of nutrients, which is why many vegans have to take plenty of supplements. Plus many vegan products are heavily processed. The hugely popular plant-based BEYOND BURGER is made with 22 ingredients (including canola oil) vs an Organic Beef Burger made with 1 ingredient.
In reality, anyone going to change their diet will often have the best of intentions and there is nothing wrong with that. Some will do it for their health, some to lose weight, others because they believe in sustainability etc.
We have to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all perfect diet and that the key to a healthy diet is balance. Our body is designed to digest a variety of foods, not just one type of food group. The keto diet may work for some people, but may not be so good for others.
Research studies are often flawed, meat consumption from only non-grass-fed, non-grass-finished cows or chickens being held by the hundreds, injected with antibiotics being fed with " do we actually want to know"?
Most studies are always just going to tell one side of the story. Many diet studies have also been done on mostly men. Never taking into account a woman's monthly cycle and her different needs through the infradian rhythm.
What works for an overweight male in his 50’s is different to what works best for a woman in her late 30’s, an athlete in her 20’s or a man in his 40’s with gut issues.
It’s all about bio-individuality. Looking at a genetic profile or getting full blood works and or microbiome testing done can be extremely helpful to determine what the body is good at processing and what it might be deficient in.
What we can and really should focus on is a variety of quality, organic, seasonal, local and well-sourced foods. Asking questions like... Did it exist 100 years ago? How do I feel afterwards? What is in it? Where does it come from?
Here is the truth... so basic and Super SIMPLE!!!!!
EAT simple foods like your grandparents did and make sure your body gets plenty of protein. Eat eggs, liver, apples, potatoes...raw Milk anyone...to name but a few classics. Always use healthy STABLE oils to cook with like EVO, Ghee, Butter or Coconut oil. Drink plenty of mineral-rich water or add a pinch of quality salt to your water.
In the end, it all comes down to listening to your body, eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and enjoying life. Balance is key! What works for one person may not work for another, so find what works best for you and stick with it!
NO MORE DIET DOGMAS! JUST EAT REAL FOOD!