The best diet ever. I bet that got your attention.
What is the best diet ever? Is it “Eat Right for your Blood Type” or Atkins? Is it Dukkan, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian or Vegan? Or is it the diet that hasn’t yet been invented? Maybe it’s the Food Pyramid after all?!
The best diet is none of these. But it is all of these.
We have some basic food groups, they are: Animal (meat, fish, eggs), Dairy, Grains, Legumes/Beans, Nuts/Seeds, Fruit, Vegetables. We are taught, that so long as we are eating these and minimising processed foods high in sugars and transfats then we will be more likely to maintain a healthy body weight and optimal health.
But then Mr Blood type comes along and tells us that if you are an A type, that grains are your friend and meat, not so much. Mr Dukkan and fellow Paleo writers tells us that it’s meat all the way. Raw Foodists tell us that nothing should be cooked and Vegetarians tell us that meat rots in our intestine.
So what these diets are telling us is that not all healthy food is healthy. Wait, what?
They are half right. Not all healthy food is healthy – but the only person who can determine that is you. Not some diet writer and not someone who has only found data to support their particular diet regime.
Let me explain with some easy examples. Grains are supposed to be good for us, but in someone with Colitis, grains can cause inflammation and gut issues which fires up the immune system leading to all sorts of other health conditions.
Dairy is supposed to be good for us. But for those without the enzyme DPP-IV the metabolised casein molecule can swim around the brain as Casomorphine and cause psychological disturbance.
Onions are good for us, but if you bloat and fart, then just maybe your stomach isn’t happy with it.
The best diet ever is the one that keeps your body in balance. The one that provides the foods for optimal function from head to toe. Such things to consider are:
- Energy levels
- Sleep patterns
- Brain fog
- Weight maintenance
- Bloating and other digestive issues
- Elimination function
- Migranes and headaches
- Absence of food cravings
- Healthy functioning immune response
- Good hair, skin & nails
- Good cognition and lowered anxiety, depression or stress response
Food provides the building blocks to our entire body. We all know this, but we struggle to listen to our body when finding out what it really needs, instead we listen to our brains or egos and diet writers.
It takes time to work out what the best diet is for you, and it will also change as the years pass.
There is a best diet, and it is the one that brings your body into balance. A great place to start is to see what foods you’re intolerant to and to take time out and listen to your body.
The best diet for me is Paleo (meat, nuts, seeds, fruit, veges). Eat right for my blood type tells me to eat lots of grains, but guess what – I don’t digest them well, so who is right? Some book…or my body?
Start playing around with your food groups and write your own perfect and best diet while the diet writers and scientists battle it out amongst themselves.