How do I Eat Between the Lines?
Eating today is HARD. There are too many diets that are the “right” diet, too many things to cut out and too many supplements to keep track of.
Do you have one friend who swears that vegan has changed her life, yet another who touts that a meat-focused primal diet healed there [insert millennial disease here]. And when you’re trying to get on a healthy track, or take your wellness to the next level, this gets confusing.
Luckily, I’m here to tell you that IT’S NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE. There’s no “one diet fits all” magic cure. Everyone has a different genetic composition, different activity levels, and different needs to be tended to. These can also constantly change throughout your life, so a diet that worked when you were 20, might be causing you harm now (think your 3-day drinking benders with no hangover, vs. your “few glasses of wine” night followed by a 2+ day hangover now).
For example - when I was 20, I went on a vegan stint for about two years with some on/off stints for the next few. At some point between 20 to now, I lived in Australia, where I began eating meat again. At the time, my body was thriving by eating it. Yet, when I came back to Canada, within a few months I noticed how “off” I felt, and went back to my vegetarian/vegan seesaw that had defined me for so long.
Today, I don’t even think I can define myself under a label.
Regardless of your eating habits, there are a few primary rules to follow that seem to do the trick for most people:
EAT (LOTS OF) VEGETABLES. I seriously cannot stress this enough. Regardless if they’re organic, from the farmers market, or from the Superstore - just eat them, and eat lots of them.
Reduce or eliminate your intake of refined sugars/carbohydrates. Not only am I talking candy, chips, prepared dips/sauces/dressings, but also white breads and pastas, along with white rice.
Eat healthy fat. An avocado a day keeps the doctor away. So can coconut oil, cold-water fish, nuts (allergy dependant) and seeds.
Chill on the all-natural sweeteners. Yes, this includes maple syrup and honey. Primarily though, avoid Agave which has been marketed as “healthy” for a while now. Oh and those date balls you swear by for dessert.
As the weeks and months go on, I’ll try to keep you up-to-date with some of today’s most popular diets - ketogenic, primal, vegetarian, vegan, Whole30, intermittent fasting. I’ll give you the Coles notes, and let you decide on your own.
Cheers to finding your own balance,