Okay, we are now into February, and 2019 is fully underway. Many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions, only to fail and go back into our old ways. Let’s change that! But how? There are so many things everywhere talking about the latest and greatest diets and what works and what doesn’t. How do we know?
Well, let’s take a quick peek at some of the big ones that I seem to see in the news everyday – the keto diet and the paleo diet.
What are they? The keto or ketogenic diet is about getting your body into a state of nutrition ketosis, meaning that it begins to use the body’s fat reserves to burn energy, as opposed to burning carbohydrates. In order to be in a ketogenic state, your body needs to stay under 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Foods that are allowed on the diet include meat, eggs, seafood, cheese, healthy fats, and a limited fruits and vegetables. You’ll want to avoid processed foods, sugar and high carbohydrate fruits and vegetables. Some of the major benefits to this diet has been weight loss, increased energy, help with type 2 diabetes, improvement of health markers (cholesterol and blood sugar), and epilepsy. The downside, is that long term studies have not been done to show long term affects, and from those that I know that have done it, it can be quite hard to sustain that way of eating over the long term.
The paleo diet, on the other hand, suggests eating like a ‘caveman’ and eat only those things occurring naturally in nature – aka, no processed foods. It tries to eliminate inflammatory foods and eat more nutrient dense foods so that our bodies will flourish. So this means no refined sugar, dairy, legumes, gluten, grains or processed foods. Because of the flexibility of the allowed foods, many people find this way of eating sustainable. The downfall with this diet, as will all diets, is that we always seem to find “paleo versions” of our favorite sweet or meal. And I get it, we all have comfort foods.
So, what’s the answer? I’m sure you saw this coming, but there is no answer. If there was a “Best Option” for people to follow, then everyone would obviously be doing it. We are all different.
The major culprit or demise of our society right now is processed foods – soda, candy, cakes, everything from a drive through (okay, most things), ice cream…I think you get the idea. Let’s look first to take small steps and cut these foods from your diet. So many of us have chronic inflammation – which then leads to chronic disease – food matters!
If you have any questions, let’s sit down and chat!