So what diet is best for you? It’s not about losing weight, it’s about being as healthy as you can. The best diet for you is the one that makes you feel vibrantly healthy. Paying attention to how you feel after you eat a meal and abstaining from a food that makes you feel less than nourished and healthy should be eliminated. Does dairy bloat you every time? Then eliminate it and find healthy alternatives. Does anything with wheat in it make you feel bloated, constipated and lethargic…..listen to your body…..it’s talking to you. Here are some popular diets out there and a brief description of them. Remember I am available for consultation in the Santa Barbara & Ventura area.
A flexible approach to eating that strives for eating healthy foods 90 percent of the time
and allowing 10 percent of the time to eat whatever you desire.
GAPS diet – the diet for helping with learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and physical problems, such as autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, epilepsy and more.
This diet is based on the idea that foods high in fats and sugar accelerate the aging process whereas foods with antioxidants like fish, fruits, and vegetables are anti-inflammatory.
This diet restricts carbohydrates, causing the body to burn its own fat for fuel, instead of
This ancient healing system from India emphasizes eating in accordance with your
individual body type and the seasons.
Blood Type Diet
An individualized approach to eating, which depends on blood type and combines
anthropology, medical history, and genetics.
Body Ecology Diet
A diet based on balancing the body’s internal ecosystem through the restoration of gut
health. It is based heavily on the concept of food combining and is primarily vegetarian.
A diet omitting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
This modern take on traditional diets relies on whole grains, beans, and vegetables.
Macrobiotics A philosophy based on balancing yin and yang through eating natural, whole foods.
Based on the traditional foods of Italy and Greece, this diet consists mostly of fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, and olive oil, and emphasizes exercise.
This diet is based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals consumed during
the Paleolithic era. A typical Paleo diet includes meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Dairy, grains, refined sugars, starches and legumes are restricted.
Raw or living food diets are based on eating unprocessed and uncooked plant foods.
Traditional Chinese Medicine An ancient belief system that looks at health
holistically and uses diagnosis as a way to assess overall health of the body.
A vegetarian diet restricts eating meat. A vegan diet restricts the use of all animal products.
The Zone Diet
A diet based on regulating blood sugar levels with a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and
proteins at every meal, enabling the body to burn fat more efficiently.