I think of eating as a way of life so being on a diet, like most people use the term, is not something I ever recommend. It’s about figuring out what foods help your health the most. There is no one-size-fits-all because our bodies are so different, plus our environment as well. I encourage people to eat an organic anti-inflammatory rotational diet and one that improves their gut health. If you suffer from symptoms like puffiness, arthritis, brain fog, low energy, sleep issues, autoimmune problems and the like, an anti-inflammatory diet is a must.
I know sometimes it’s hard to muster up the energy to cook when you have issues like above, but trust me, it’s worth it in the long run.
I love recipes from all sorts of different diet preferences including paleo, raw, keto, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. It just depends on what I’m looking for. But how do you decide? The top three inflammatory foods that I tell people to avoid are gluten, dairy and sugar. If you want a list of anti-inflammatory foods, Dr Axe shares them in his article about his top fifteen.
Below, I share some of my thoughts on a few diets, remembering that you do what’s right for you!
The Keto Diet is also known as the low-carb diet. The premise is that you put your body into a state of ketosis so that it burns fat and helps you lose weight. You eat foods high in good fats, plenty of protein and skip the carbs and sugar. The main problem is that your body is not meant to be in ketosis forever. So short term, it might help with your insulin and metabolism, but long term the weight you lose on this diet might come back once you get off of it. Jillian Michaels explains it well here.
You know, carbs are not really evil — it’s the processed carbs that so many love that are. Stay with whole grain, organic and you’ll do much better.
I also am not thrilled with the sugar substitutes they use in their recipes. If you’re having high inflammation problems, stear clear from all sugar. If you can eat sugars in moderation, I tend to choose stevia (this is actually not a sugar, but a herb and can have an aftertaste if you use too much), maple syrup, manuka honey, date sugar and sometimes xylitol. Avoid splenda and aspartame products like the plague!
Lastly, this diet is high in dairy and high in eggs — both are common food sensitivities.
As I mentioned above, dairy is a top inflammatory food, so if you’re using keto recipes, use all that dairy in moderation. I personally do better with raw organic cheese.
If you’re looking for non-dairy keto recipes, google “vegan keto” and you should be able to find some. I do have to say I love the 90 second keto bread here to the right (though I’d prefer to bake it in the oven). I’m not sensitive to eggs so this recipe works for me.
- 2.5 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp himalayan salt
- Mix all the ingredients in a mug, making sure to scraped down the sides.
- Microwave for 90 seconds
- Flip out of mug and slice to your desired thickness. I like to top with butter to eat.
If you prefer to bake, put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. You can also use different shaped dishes to make buns or square slices of bread for grilled sandwiches.
Get some of the ingredients here:
Gluten Free Diet
The biggest problem is that gluten free products can be high in sugar and corn. Both have glyphosate and are mostly GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), so this is why you should buy organic as much as possible and buy as few processed foods. Here’s a list of the clean 15 for the foods with the least amounts of pesticides. If you make your own gluten free flour blend, you can control all the ingredients.
Some people will argue that wheat has been around forever and that Jesus ate it but the wheat we know is not the same wheat. Our wheat consumption is not the same either as Sure Food Living shares in her grandma’s story. Additionally, too much gluten in your intestines can create a sticky mess for your intestines.
If organic is out of your budget, look for the Non-GMO project verified logo.
Counting Calories Diet
I’ve never been one to count calories — not all calories are created equal. I’m pretty we can agree that the calories from a candy bar are not the same as calories from whole veggies and fruits. Processed foods leave you hungry where whole foods fill you up, especially those good fats. So rather than being concerned with how many calories you’re eating, eat well, don’t go overboard and keep moving daily.
Why the Level of Toxins in Your Foods Matter
Toxins inside of your body cause things like brain fog, lethargy, autoimmune issues, inflammatory problems, tears in your intestines (leaky gut syndrome), and they store in fat. If your body is like mine with the MTHFR gene mutation, detox is hard. With so many toxins outside our bodies that we can’t control, lowering the amount we are putting inside is crucial. That’s through your food.
In the end, if you grab the good from these “diets” and leave the bad, you’ll do well. Eat organic, shop the perimeter of the grocery store and stay away from processed foods. Then you’ll create a lifestyle of eating that will help you be energized throughout your day and sharpen in your thinking.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below!
Vickie Gould is a Master Herbalist, wellness coach and speaker. She is the best selling author of The Waiting Room and Herb Journal. She often shares her Chronic Lyme Disease story hoping to inspire and give hope to those with chronic health issues. By changing her lifestyle, eating habits and lowering her toxin load she is back to living life after being in bed 16-18 hours per day.
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