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. Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific diet which is 100% perfect for everyone. Whether you have a specific health condition, or just want to better your health, there is no nutrition protocol that is a one size fits all. Fortunately, 7 of the most trendiest diets actually do work. Here are the protocols explained for you to 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
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.
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.
Dairy Free – Dairy free is eliminating foods like butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.
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.
GAPS – GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome and is based on the book by Natasha Campbell-McBride. It is meant to eliminate foods to determine what your body negatively reacts to. The GAPS protocol will take you through stages of elimination and reintroduction to determine which foods you are sensitive to. The protocol also has other “whole body” do’s and don’ts to follow.
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 changing her nutrition protocol. Her cornerstone is 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, which are recommended to be organic and eaten raw.
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.
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. Your body knows best. Trust it.
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