Pick a Plan … Stick with it
If you have Celiac disease it is crucial you eat a diet free of any gluten – but don’t think the gluten-free lifestyle should be limited to just those who have the disease. This way of eating can provide benefit to anyone. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye, so eliminating most breads and pastas is a good way to cut back on your gluten intake. Many individuals who eliminate these foods find they have more energy and control their weight and blood sugars better.
Love going to your local farmers market? Look no further than a diet consisting of locally produced foods. Getting your food from local sources can cut back on our carbon footprint and the food is often times fresher. Many farmers will also often have grass fed meats, free range eggs and organic produce; which some studies suggest are better for you and will cut back on the amount of pesticides and herbicides you ingest. Plus, supporting your local farmers is a great way to boost your local economy and help out your neighbors.
For those of you who wish to no longer eat animal proteins, a vegetarian lifestyle may be the answer. By focusing your food choices on vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and whole grain products, you will consume much less cholesterol and saturated fats while controlling blood sugar levels. Just remember to eat enough plant-based protein to support your body’s protein demands; especially if you exercise frequently.
The foundation of a clean dietary lifestyle is the avoidance of processed foods and the incorporation of the main food groups. This would include fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, whole grains and dairy. The key is to avoid anything with a long shelf-life; a great strategy when grocery shopping is to keep to the perimeter of the store and avoid going down the aisles. Don’t forget to check out your local farmers market, you may find all your key food groups while dodging the tempting processed goods.
Did our hunter-gatherer, cavemen ancestors eat it? If not, stay clear! A paleo lifestyle consists of eating only foods that would have been accessible before the agricultural revolution. Think free-range meat, wild caught seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with eggs and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocado and coconut. Coconut oil is a great for cooking and can even be used as a beauty product.
A Mediterranean diet combines eating traditions from Greece and Italy in order to create a lifestyle that reduces the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Focus on plant-based foods, fish and poultry while cutting back on red meat. Olive oil should be used generously and herbs and spices should replace salt if possible. Enjoy a glass of red wine? The Greeks and Italians are known for their glass of wine in the evening; just remember to enjoy in moderation (1- 4oz glass per day).