In the past, I’ve posted on why I love helping people eat well. So honor of National RD day, here are my 3 key nutrition rules…
So many people ask about diets. Should I be on a gluten-free diet? How about Paleo? Vegan? How about SCD, GAPS, Ornish? Wait, how about the blood type diet? You get the idea.
My answer for all is, it depends, aside from people with Celiac or allergies, where there is more of a clear-cut answer. All diets seem to try to sell us on the idea that it’s the one and only viable option, and that just isn’t so.
The guidelines that I do think that EVERYONE should follow:
- Real, unprocessed foods: veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, etc…
- Minimizing sweeteners
- Mindful enjoyment of food!
I have yet to meet someone who feels wonderfully eating a lot of processed foods, or someone who simply needs more Twinkies to enhance their health. And mindfulness is a beautiful way of enjoying food more, and builds in a natural regulation of fullness, too. I think that these guidelines have to a cornerstone of any healthy way of eating. The rest (i.e. whether it contains fish, or beans, or grains, or whatever) is just details. My job is to help make it tasty, easy, balanced, affordable and doable.
As far as all the diets out there, what foods make us feel good differs. I, for one, feel absolutely awful on a vegan diet. Because of environmental and animal welfare concerns, I have tried and my body is adamantly against it! I feel better without grains, and was grain and bean-free for years. But after leaving them out for years, I realized beans don’t bother me, and I enjoy them tremendously, hence they’re back. That’s not for everyone. I do have clients that have arthritis flares when they eat meat, or who experience great improvements in heart function on an Ornish-style, whole-grain diet and I respect that, too.
Disclaimer: anyone who knows me knows I’m biased toward a gluten-free diet. Given that most of the people I see have Celiac, gluten sensitivity, IBS or other autoimmune disorders, this bias is logical.
So let’s keep it simple…there’s not one answer. Listen to your body, feed it good food, learn to respect the messages you’re getting, and savor your food!