24 Oct Primal, Paleo, Mediterranean … Oh My!
I don’t know about you, but wow, it’s a confusing eating world out. Every week, it seems, a new eating plan or diet or suggested miracle lifestyle emerges.
The way I feel about diets is best described by Garfield … “Diet is just “DIE” with a “T”.” I had that poster on my wall as a kid. Hmmmm … I think that statement may need another moment of reflection in another blog, perhaps. So, let’s change the word “diet” with “healthy eating plan” because that’s really what our goal is … to become healthier, feel better, have less pain, live longer with better quality of life. Right?
I have been gluten-conscious for several years. I consciously avoid gluten and do not eat any products containing wheat, but we do not have a completely gluten-free household and I do not have my own gluten-free pots, pans, or utensils so I can’t technically call myself gluten-free.
My choice to become gluten-conscious was more about the connection between thyroid conditions and gluten as I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I definitely feel better not eating wheat products and will continue to do my best to consciously avoid them.
Back to the plethora of eating plans … other eating plans I have tried over the years include: Atkins, Candida Elimination, no carb, low carb, Blood-Type, low fat, high protein, Paleo, Primal, Mediterranean, Eat Clean … you name it, I have probably tried it. Always looking for that latest and greatest easy way to lose a few pounds, feel better, and try to be healthier.
It really gets downright confusing and frustrating. And, if you are anything like me, when I get frustrated (aka stressed), I devour dark chocolate. Not always a good choice after the 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th visit to the secret dark chocolate stash!
What is the PERFECT “healthy eating plan” out there? My answer and theory is that the perfect healthy eating plan is the one that you can and will follow. Now wait! Before you throw rotten tomatoes at me for thinking that that is a cop-out answer, hear me out.
Take a look at most eating plans … in my opinion, the healthier ones, Mediterranean, Primal, Paleo, Blood Type, Eat Clean, … and they all follow similar guidelines.
- Eat fresh as possible … farm to table
- Eat plant based (lots of fresh vegetables and fruits)
- Eat nuts and seeds
- Avoid white food – white potatoes, regular white flour, white rice, the evil SUGAR
- Stay hydrated with water not coffee, sodas, juices
- Eat healthy fats
- Avoid processed foods
- Go organic when you can
My point of all this is that I strongly believe there is NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. Finding what works for you is a P-R-O-C-E-S-S and takes time. There is no quick fix and to take on too many changes at once means that overwhelm is lurking just around the corner waiting to pounce. When overwhelm pounces, nothing good ever happens.
OMG … is my secret dark chocolate stash empty already!
My advice: change just ONE thing at a time. Take a look at your eating plan and make one change today to make it healthier. Eat ½ the hamburger bun instead of the whole one, order a salad with grilled protein instead of the hamburger, side salad instead of fries, drink a few more glasses of water, skip dessert and eat an apple instead. Pick something. Something you CAN do. Something you are WILLING to do. One thing. Today.
You know what they say, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with ONE step.” What is your one change going to be today? Because if you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?