What we eat provides for us the foundation of our health. We are in essence, what we eat. As humans though, we are all unique and so there is no one-size-fits-all diet. Finding the right diet can be unbearably frustrating, even understanding the differences between all of the diets can be difficult but Whole Health Everyday is here to help!
We will run down some of the most popular diets today to clear up some of the confusion and outline the benefits.
PALEO diet is a popular diet because of its persuasive argument centered on the theory that the best diet for humans is one that is close to what we ate thousands of years ago. This translates to a diet consisting of mostly meats and vegetables. In the paleo diet you can eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats , and oils; but should avoid processed foods, sugar, grains, most dairy products, legumes/beans, and “bad” fats.
KETO diet takes another approach to health by balancing macronutrients: 5% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 75% fat. The key to success is not just what to eat, but how much to eat. For an average women at 1200 calories a day This is about 20g carbs, 70g protein, and 90g fat. You can eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables (no root veggies), nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats, and oils. Certain dairy products are OK. You should avoid processed foods, root veggies, fruit (some berries are okay in moderation), sugar, grains, legumes/beans, “bad” fats, condiments (check carb count). You can calculate your exact levels here . Great chart for carbs is at this website.
PLANT BASED diet is commonly confused with the vegan or vegetarian diet, but rather plant based is a mindful approach to proportions of animal products versus plants. Increasing your whole foods like veggies, fruits, grains, nuts and fats from olive, avocado, nuts/seeds and coconut…. Again, staying away from sugar, processed foods, fats. They make use of the protein in vegetables and grains, and even more in beans, nuts and seeds. Read an article about plant based versus veganism here.
MEDITTERRANEAN diet is clearly named so because it is meant to reflect the diet of the people in the region around the Mediterranean Sea based on what the area has to offer. They eat primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes/beans and nuts, while limiting red meats and eating fish.
WHOLE30 is a short term diet meant to cleanse and relieve your body of any of the many negative effects of popular foods like dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar. During the 30 days you can eat moderate portions of proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruit, natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings.You should avoid sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods, and any ingredients you can’t pronounce.
So whats the bottom line?
The bottom line is that bad fats , sugar , and processed foods are bad!