There’s a lot of ads showing up in my feed on facebook lately about “healthy diets”. It’s all over the menu at restaurants “healthy choice”, “heart healthy”, “healthy this” and “healthy that”. It’s enough to make me want to scream! And then, we see in magazines “eat this and lose 20 pounds in a month” and ” with this diet you can be swimsuit ready!” and all kinds of claims (some of them substantiated some not).
There is some fight to it as well. Every group insists that their diet is “the one true diet”. I’ve seen it get downright ugly as well. The paleos say that grains are evil. The vegans say that meat is evil. The calorie counters say that calories are evil. The low-carbers say that carbs are evil. Each group has their thing or things that they eschew.
What if I were to tell you that there is no ONE TRUE DIET?
I believe that each person has their own “healthy diet”. What works for one may not be best for others. Some people do very well on a low carb diet. Me? If I don’t get enough carbs I am liable to go to jail for murder. Some people do very well on a vegetarian diet. Me? I can’t get enough protein without eating meat because many of the high protein veggies either irritate my gut (beans!! and grains/gluten!!!) or stall my weight loss when eaten in quantity (taters!).
So where does that leave us?
Find out what is YOUR healthy.
Take 6 weeks and try something new. Define the parameters of your experiment.
Decide what you want to test. Personally I prefer small changes. It’s easier to find WHAT made the changes if you only change a thing or two at a time. Then perform your experiment. Record your observations. How do you feel? What’s your energy levels? Have your measurements changed? (I have shared how I track goals in another post. Also if you would like to know what measurements I track, let me know and I will write a post on how to measure and what I measure.) If so, how? Has your strength/endurance changed? If so, how?
Over the last ten years I have come up with my definition of healthy. For me I eat grain (except for limited corn) and gluten free 100% of the time. I allow limited dairy (in the form of REAL cheese or cream less than three times a week). I don’t eat processed foods, because it’s difficult to find processed foods that are gluten free. I allow sweets (mainly in the form of chocolate) under certain parameters (during a hike or major bike ride). I don’t count calories because I find it tedious. I don’t worry about food because I know if it fits within my parameters it will work for me.
But what’s healthy for you?
I don’t know! You are your own laboratory. I find 6 weeks to be a great time frame for finding results. It is long enough to see results (both positive and negative). It’s short enough that if you totally HATE the changes you’ve made that you don’t have to stick with it.
If you would like help to determine your parameters for experimentation, drop me a line and we can chat!