Healthy Diets: Choose the Diet that Fits You Best
There are multitudes of diets out there to choose form, but non of them are going to be a perfect fit for you. Choosing a diet that fits you will take some planing and researching, but it is worth the extra effort. You will be rewarded with a healthy body and the quality of your life will be enhanced. We are all very unique and there are so many variables for each one of us. No diet that is out there is going to be a perfect fit. We can use those resources to help us plan our own healthy diet. In this hub I give some tips to simplify the process of choosing a diet that fits you. In the long run it is the only one that will work.
Patrick Holford in his book "The New Optimum Nutrition Bible," writes about our uniqueness as biochemical individuality.This phrase was first coined by Dr. Roger Williams in 1956. Williams, a biochemist who discovered vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and helped isolate folic acid was one of the pioneers of optimum nutrition. In his book "Biochemical Individuality," he writes about how in each one of us the sizes and shapes of our organs vary. Each one of us have different levels of enzymes. Our need for proteins, vitamins, and minerals is different as well. These variations among individuals are significant, a 10 fold difference being quite common.
Questions to ask of yourself to begin a diet plan might look something like like this.
- What kinds of foods do I like to eat?
- Are the foods I like to eat for the most part healthy?
- If they are not can I substitute healthy foods for them?
- Do I eat well rounded nutritious meals?
- If not how can I change that?
- If I am to busy to cook my own meals how can I incorporate healthy meals into my life?
- If I have an illness, is my diet helping me get better or at least supporting my body or is it making the illness worse?
- How can I adjust my diet to help me with an illness? Should I consult a nutritionist?
- Is fresh healthy food that is organic easily available for me? If not how can I change that?
The above questions are to start you off on a journey of self discovery about your diet. In the second part you will observe yourself closely as you eat your meals and write your findings in a journal.
- Start listening to your body. Your body is the best teacher.
- Observe closely how you feel during after each meal and ask yourself how you feel.
- If you don't feel good and if there is any kind of discomfort, then experiment. Eliminate some common foods for a couple of weeks and see how you feel, discover which foods suit you and which doesn't.
- In this manner analyze your own nutritional needs. Use the guidelines for the recommended nutrients to experiment and find out your own unique optimum nutritional needs.
- If you have a family history of health problems then investigate prevention tips in books and other places and adjust your nutritional needs accordingly.
This is a general guideline, you can make up your own comprehensive investigative questionnaire.
A General Guide to Good Nutrition
- Eat not too much and only when you are hungry, with fruits for a healthy snack in between
- Eat mainly plant based foods such as vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, and sprouts of seeds, nuts, and legumes.
- Eat meat sparingly and if possible organic, grass fed, free range. Choose to eat chicken more than beef. Fish would have been better except for the mercury content in most of them.
- If it tastes good raw don't cook it, eat it raw.
- Avoid refined sugar and highly concentrated foods such as juice as much as possible. Dilute the juice.
- Eat dairy products and grains in moderation.
- Always eat a healthy breakfast.
Some of the Best Diets Available
The Mediterranean Diet
- Lots of whole grain
- Lots of fruits,vegetables, legumes, and nuts
- plenty of monounsaturated fat, omega- 3 fatty acid from fish, nuts, seeds, and vegetables
- Less red meat and poultry and more legumes and fish
- Not much processed food
- Easier to prepare than many traditions such as Asian and Japanese.
The Vegan Diet
- All plant based, includies vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grain, no meat and animal products
- Not much saturated fat and cholesterol
- High amounts of fruits and vegetables
The Japanese Diet
- Lots of fresh fish therefore high in omega- 3
- Lots of fresh vegetables including lots of raw vegetables and in a great variety
- Very little fat used in cooking
- little use of sugar and sweets excepts from fruits in season
- Not much wheat except for noodles
- includes many wild foods such as vegetables, sea weeds, and mushrooms
- Emphasize on aesthetic preparation and presentation
- Lots of green tea drinking - antioxidant properties
You can learn from each type of diet. Each one has its pluses and minuses. Choosing a diet that fits you is a matter of looking at what is available and then adjusting it to your own needs. So start planning your own unique healthy diet for your unique biochemistry.
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