There are many options when it comes to eating: keto, paleo, vegan, low carb, intermittent fasting, and more. Which one is the best?
I don’t endorse only one way of eating, and I’ve worked with people who enjoy a wide range of eating plans.
The best diet (or eating plan, since the word diet is restrictive), is the one that works for you—your body type, activity level, genetic makeup, health and weight goals.
A word of caution when you’re looking for a specific way of eating: please don’t base your decision on what is working for your best friend or rates high on a single or limited study.
Be careful not to be misled by those diets that promote quick weight loss. While they sound dreamy, most of them are not sustainable for 10, 20 or 30 years.
And by the way, that which is lost rapidly tends to come back and bring friends.
Sustainability is important, unless you’re happy restricting food intake and food groups for the rest of your life.
Most of us are not. (Unless of course there are food allergies/sensitivities and it’s in our best interest. I have eliminated certain foods due to this.)
It’s good to experiment with different ways of eating, allowing at least a couple weeks before making judgements on how a specific way is working—or not.
A few points about ALL nutrition plans:
*They raise awareness and attention about what you’re eating, which tends to contribute to improving health and weight goals.
*They focus on eating whole foods, helping to eliminate nutritional deficiencies. Limiting processed foods is always a good idea.
*They allow for better appetite control and food intake.
*They promote regular exercise.
My role as a coach is helping people find their best eating plan, whatever it looks like. And we actually have some fun doing it together.
So, the best diet is the one that best suits you.
If you’re struggling with finding YOUR way, or if you’d like to take an easy, 16-question self-assessment quiz to determine how well your current plan is REALLY working for you, let me know.
Apricot Alert: This week I discovered some limited-edition, white-flesh apricots at Whole Foods. They are juicy like a really ripe peach and the sweetest apricots I’ve ever eaten. If you find them, you may want to try them. They are AMAZING!
Fun Firefly Fact: The Say’s Firefly, a native species to the Hoosier State, was designated the official state insect of Indiana in February 2018 due to the perseverance of Cumberland Elementary School students in West Lafayette.
Prior to that time, Indiana did not have a state insect. The students became involved in the legislative process and accomplished their goal which had begun during the 2014-2015 school year.
And now I’m going to kick back and enjoy one of those white-flesh apricots while I watch fireflies.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”—Charles Bowden