Dietary drama, confusion, frustration plague most people!
Are you feeling it too? Need some help with ideas on what to eat?
Never before have there been more controversies, polarities, obsessing and confusion over what the best dietary approaches are. Fueling our confusion is the fact that lifestyle and dietary related diseases are raging. If we are so focused on our diet you may be wondering how this is possible.
The article is published in the canfitpro May/June 2019 magazine
Do you find this as remarkable as I do? Are you confident you’re eating the best, disease preventing diet for your individual needs? Could you be over thinking it or getting information in all the wrong places?
Well if your nutrition choices come from the mass media, a zealous yet perhaps unqualified trainer or some self-proclaimed weight-loss guru selling a book, program or products on how to lose weight fast, you may be in trouble.
Here's what a leading influencer has to say about the best ways to minimize your risk of diet and lifestyle related diseases including obesity and diabetes.
Dietary guidelines from Canada’s minister of health!
In January 2019, the release of Canada’s Food Guide revealed a rather radical revision of previous food guides with a strong lean towards a whole-food, plant-strong eating recommendation. Coming out at a time when the Keto diet has been raging and the Paleo diet powers on, this new guide has certainly stirred the pot so to speak. While the guideline still leaves room for improvements we don’t get into in this article, clearly we are seeing a shift from previous industry lobbyists influences on government food guides.
Now pending on your own current beliefs about the Keto, Paleo or Plant-strong approaches, you may or may not agree with the new recommendations.
My suggestion: how about opening up your mind and mouth for a moment and choosing to consciously and joyfully consume a wide variety of colorful, whole-foods that appeal, nourish, satisfy and are Keto, Paleo and Plant-strong friendly!
With thirty plus years’ experience as a natural nutrition and whole-self wellness practitioner, I’ve learned it’s essential to come to peace with food itself and focus on enjoying a well-balanced; whole-foods diet aligned to individual needs. Food truly is meant to nourish and replenish us and your body is your best guide to eating approaches that are appropriate for you. Tune in and listen.
Keto – Paleo – Plant-Strong?
Maybe your dietary approach needn’t be all or nothing
and still comply with the latest guidelines!
Comparing the keto, paleo and plant-strong diets there are numerous similarities that all eaters can benefit from as shown below:
- Awareness of food choices
- A focus on high quality whole-foods
- Elimination of over-refined, processed foods
- Avoidance of all high sugar foods
- Less caloric intake, regular meal times
How about we focus on these similarities and come to the table together! Less obsession, more conscious consumption and attention to the way your body responds to your dietary choices. This may very well be your best guide on the right diet for your particular needs and it aligns with the new guidelines
The 2019 Food Guide reminds us that healthy eating is more than just the foods we eat and encourages us to:
- cook more often,
- enjoy food,
- be mindful of eating habits, and
- eat meals with others
Keep in mind food choices are incredibly personal and emotional. While it’s imperative to deliver essential nutrients, food is also social, comforting, meant to be enjoyed and appreciated as well as be nourishing. Our foods choices can positively impact or negatively impair our well-being on all levels merely by the way we feel about them. Crucial to whatever dietary approach we choose is our ability to appreciate, consciously consume, properly digest, (assimilate, utilize and effectively eliminate) the foods we’re eating.
If you are stressed in any way with your dietary choices or your eating environment no matter how nourishing the food may be, your body’s ability to actually access these nutrients is compromised. Take time to enjoy your meals with confidence and consume them consciously, appreciating the blessings of having enough and getting to make your own choices judgement free.
KETO, PALEO AND PLANT-STRONG RECIPES
Consider your chosen dietary approach needn’t be all or nothing or strictly align with the latest guidelines. Cultivate a relationship with foods that allows you to eat at any table with all kinds of eaters! Rather than labeling your food choices into strict categories how about simply embracing and consciously consuming your meal. Savor the smells, flavors, textures and satisfaction that eating really good food brings.
As a whole-self health, natural nutrition coach and recipe developer who loves enjoying and sharing really great food, my aim is to create delish recipes that satisfy and truly nourish, period. I've created a Taco Boat Recipe with Smoky Taco Meat that's yummy, jammed with nutrients and it accommodates Keto, Paleo and Plant-strong approaches. Use it to create delicious tacos using your own creative dietary play by adding in or subbing ingredients as desired.
If I can wish any one health-foodie thing for all us eaters, it’s to graciously enjoy the food we eat trusting it will nourish and satisfy us. Bon Appetito to you!
PS: Do let me know how you enjoy these tacos and what creative spin you took. It’s always wonderful hearing from you. I invite you to follow me as well on Facebook or IG or Linked in. You’ll see all the links in the menu bar at the top of the page on the right.