There is so much contradictory and controversial information regarding diets out there at the moment – low carb, no carb, high fat, low fat, no meat, only meat. Each group has a very solid argument for their choice which make it all a little more confusing.
This morning after yoga we had a chat about diets. One of the ladies follows a very “minimalist” diet – I am sure there is a proper word for it but basically she is vegan with her main source of protein seeds and green veg. They have no meat, no carbs, no dairy and certain fruits. She had some very valid reasons for why they have chosen to eliminate all processed food. A lot of it made sense to me and in an ideal world I would love for us to be more organic and limit the red meat we eat but like Julia mentioned in her post, it is not cheap to be healthy. So for now we try as much as we can to limit what we consider bad foods.
I am not a huge fan of diets that cut out entire food groups, possibly because I love my carbs too much but also I do believe in balance. I have always been a fan of Weigh-Less because it has always been the easiest to incorporate into my lifestyle. As you know I am gluten and lactose free. It is now a way of life for me and I no longer miss it at all. I am a firm believer than gluten is evil. I have met so many people who have seen positive changes in their body when they have cut gluten out. The problem, in my opinion, is not so much the flour but what we have added to that flour over the years. I suspect if I was to grow wheat in my back yard using no chemical products that I could make the bread and no react but the flour we buy and use is far away from pure or actual wheat – despite what brands like to tell us. The same applies to milk – I really don’t think the milk we buy is anywhere near what actually comes out of the cow!
What the sudden popularity in Paleo and Tim Nokes has done is made people more aware of reading labels and what goes into the food they eat which I think is a positive because regardless of what diet you follow we all need to be more aware of what is going into our food!
I am currently trying to figure out what works best for me and ultimately my family. I know, for me, sugar is evil. Once I cut that out of my diet I start loosing weight nicely. It is also my weakness, more so than carbs so cutting it out is very difficult for me but I can feel the difference when I do it.
So I am curious – what is working for you? Paleo? lchf? Weigh-less? Or something else? Why did you choose to go with the choice you have made?