There are so many different diets and nutrition protocols out there. What are the trendy ones all about and do they really work? I’ve heard this question asked so many times, and it was the one I tried to answer for myself as well. Whether you have a specific health condition, or just want to better your health, the answer to this question will surprise you. Fortunately, 7 of the trendiest diets actually do work – most of the time. Here are the protocols explained so that you can research and determine which one (or ones) are the best for you.
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Universally speaking, giving up sugar and processed foods is a smart move, and a good first step to take. I don’t know who came up with the quote, but I could sum up the billion dollar health industry with this phrase, “Food shouldn’t contain ingredients. Food should BE the ingredient.” Isn’t this quote the best?
Are you ready to learn more about these trendy diets?
The 7 Trendy Diets Explained
The Auto-Immune Protocol, or AIP – The AIP Protocol is the most restrictive, and is designed to heal your gut and reduce inflammation. Foods that are not recommended on this protocol are grains, gluten, corn, soy, legumes, dairy, processed foods, sugar, oils, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate, and much more.
Dairy Free – Dairy free is eliminating foods like butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, which may help to reduce inflammation.
Gluten Free – We know gluten to be in foods like bread, pasta, cake, cookies, bagels, and cereal. But it is also in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, bran, and flour. A gluten-free diet will eliminate all wheat and gluten.
Ketogenic Diet – Commonly known as Keto. The Ketogenic Diet is one of the strictest nutrition protocols around. Its basis is 25-30 percent net carbohydrates, 5 percent fat, and the remaining 70 percent (give or take) healthy fats. When the body is starved of carbohydrates, fat is broken down and ketones are formed in the liver. This burns energy instead of glucose for energy. Your body is now burning fat faster than it can store it, which results in weight loss. When the body is using ketones as a fuel source, this is called being in ketosis, which is the whole goal of this diet.
Paleo – Also known as the Caveman Diet, the Paleo protocol focuses on the foods that naturally happen in nature. If it grows, it can be included. It includes meats, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.
Vegan – Going vegan means eliminating all foods that are animal based. True vegans do not even eat honey or gelatin, as they want to preserve the essence of all of God’s creatures. Many people go vegan for health reasons and are a little more flexible to allow for fish, honey, and bone broth.
Wahls – From Dr. Terry Wahls, who is a leader in the paleo movement. She reversed her multiple sclerosis and went from being wheelchair bound to riding her bike 5 miles to work every day by changing her nutrition protocol. Her cornerstone is 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, which are recommended to be organic and eaten raw.
Whole30 – Whole30 emphasizes whole foods and the elimination of sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy. The Whole30 is similar to but more restrictive than Paleo, as natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup are removed.
Which One is Best?
Do you want to know which one is best for you?
All of these nutrition protocols claim to help reduce inflammation and provide proper nutrition for those with Hashis and other autoimmune diseases. But as you can see, there are some discrepancies. As I said earlier, we are all special snowflakes, so what might be beneficial for one may be detrimental to another. Whether you are trying to prevent diseases like cancer, counter autoimmune conditions, or reset your aging hormones, there are many benefits to eliminating processed foods and sugar, and focusing on real food and buying organic whenever you can.
Notice how I never once mentioned “losing weight”? Because losing weight should never be your #1 motivation. Focus on being healthy.
Listen to your body, and learn which foods make you feel worse or feel better. Learn how to be your own gut whisperer. Keep a journal of which foods help you feel better, and which ones make you feel worse. That, my friend, is the end goal – how much better you feel based on the whole and clean foods that you eat. Not necessarily adhering to a label.
Your body knows best. Trust it.
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