Keto Diet, Paleo Diet, Mediterranean Diet...Which diet is the best for you?
"So Mia... what do you think about -insert diet here-?". A question I get asked whenever I tell someone I am a nutritionist. With so many diets trending such as the keto diet, paleo diet and intermittent fasting, things can get a little bit confusing. Personally I am not a big believer in fad diets or diets that eliminate whole food groups. I have been doing this long enough now to know that these do not work in the long run. They can lead to disordered eating habits and poor relationships with our bodies. I believe there are a few basics that everyone should follow such as choosing whole, natural foods, eating plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, eating healthy fats and good quality protein sources. How much, when and what exactly is eaten is up to you and your goals.
There is no one diet that is fit for everyone. Our bodies are unique as are our taste buds. Depending on our daily habits, routines, jobs and workout routines, we require different nutrients. Routines, habits, rituals, beliefs and even religion can play a part in what we and why we chose to eat.
When choosing a diet, pay attention to these things:
1. Is it sustainable? Analyze the diet and see how realistic it seems to you. Do you enjoy eating out with friends? Do you like to cook? Do you think the diet might lead to food obsession? .Does it require you to eliminate foods you love? Is it going to upset you to say "I can't have that" at meal times or when eating with a partner? It's my personal belief that food shouldn't shouldn't be complicated. Try instead to look at food as nourishment. You should be able to go out for dinner with your spouse and have pasta if you're craving it or eat birthday cake at a party if you want to. These things are part of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Counting calories and feeling guilty are not.
2. Identify your goals. Do you have fitness goals you want to attain? Do you want to lose weight? Gain weight? Do you feel sluggish and want to increase your energy levels? Define what it is you want to achieve. My job is to help educate you and help you discover what works the best for you and what is going to help get you to where you want to be.
3. Find your why. Why do you really want to change your diet? Is it because you saw someone on Instagram posting about the keto diet or maybe a friend tried it and had good results? Make sure the reasons behind wanting to change are healthy reasons such as wanting to feel better and having more energy, not just a six pack! Of course aesthetics are important to all of us but it shouldn't be our main reason for wanting to change our eating habits.
4. Talk to a nutritionist. There is so much information out there that things can get pretty confusing. Consult with a nutritionist like myself who can analyze your current diet and eating habits and create a plan that works with your busy lifestyle.
When changing your diet, start slow. Incorporate a few things each week and build on habits. Change takes time and it's important to listen to your body and be patient. Be kind and loving towards your body.
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