Over the past 20 – 30 years we have seen everything from low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, meat-free, grain-free and animal-free diets to high-fat, paleo, Mediterranean-style and many other “diets” and trends. This information leaves people feeling confused and overwhelmed about what to eat as well as how to eat. And there is always this question: What am I supposed to eat for optimal health and longevity? I don’t believe there is just one way to eat, but instead, we all have different needs as well as different genetic, physiological and psychological responses to food. The key is to find the foods that work for you – foods that empower you in your day-to-day activities as well as foods that nourish your body and provide pleasure to your life.
Which brings me to my next topic: Why are we living in a time filled with nutrition confusion? Why are there so many mixed messages? Many people that I work with come to their appointment feeling overwhelmed and confused on what to eat. They feel like everywhere they turn and everything they read provides conflicting and confusing advice. Should I be doing gluten-free? Grain-free? Paleo? Vegan? What about our eating to preserve Mother Earth? What about the “all-foods-fit-in-moderation” theory?The questions are endless. But the truth is, almost every nutrition and health professional agrees on the basic fundamental principles of good nutrition.
Real food wins and portions matter!