So many people regularly ask me if ‘diet x’ is better than ‘diet y’, or what “diet” would I suggest. From paleo, to raw vegan, to intermittent fasting, the Atkin’s diet, the soup diet, and probably hundreds more! It’s no wonder why people are so bloody confused, one minute fat makes you fat and the next carbs make you fat. With best-selling diet books completely contradicting each other, how is one to know which diet is the so-called “best”?
I’ve personally experimented with a few diets and after sticking to them all for a period of time, the main lesson for me personally is that… Well… Dieting doesn’t really work! Human beings, like all species, intuitively know that what they eat affects everything. There is a reason why the saying “you are what you eat” exists. So why would you allow the latest and greatest fad diet to dictate what you can and cannot eat? I hope that makes sense and you understand this in the way that I now see it. Because it’s my personal belief that food must be about the individual, not the theory behind the diet.
I’ve said this before in previous posts and I’ll say it again.
“One persons food can be another persons poison.” – Joshua Rosenthal.
For example, if you have cancer you should probably avoid processed sugar more so than those who don’t have cancer. Cancer cells fundamentally have a different metabolism to healthy cells, studies have shown that cancer cells feed off sugars (excluding sugars from fresh whole foods), so avoiding processed sugars is probably a good idea if you have cancer! Well for everyone in my opinion, but especially for cancer patients.
I feel that everybody, on their own personal level, should understand what kinds of foods their body is attracted to and why. There are many different factors that can come into play here, some examples are:
- Gender: Studies have shown that men tend to prefer to eat more meat compared to women who prefer to eat more vegetables. Call me crazy but feel free to refer to the references below to read more about this.
- Cultural preferences: Many people like to eat the foods from the country in which their ancestors grew up. For example, Asian cultures rely on rice as a staple whereas Italian cultures are known for their love in eating pasta/pizza style dishes.
- Personal preference: Some people have those dishes that bring them back to a certain place/time and find comfort and love in specific dishes. For me, at this point in time, there’s nothing better than a fresh smoothie at noon for breakfast. For my own personal reasons, the smell of fresh fruit and the feeling of life that fills me at my first sip is the most amazing feeling! But sometimes, I do love a slice of my Nonna’s home baked (not so healthy) cake, especially when there’s a reason to celebrate!
- Cravings: Cravings can be a sign from your body, to learn more about being intuitive with your craving please refer to my recent blog post – do you crave crap, artificial, processed junk food?
- And more… But I’ll leave it there for this post! 🙂
Everybody is different, for different reasons. Just because one diet worked for your best friend, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you. Some people focus on being very careful about eating whilst others have a more relaxed attitude to food. Some people are healthy eating animal food whilst others thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Which of these is correct? Only you know what your body thrives off gorgeous. Don’t let anyone else tell you different. Unless you thrive off processed packaged food like products, because that’s exactly what they are – food like products.
In conclusion, the only way to figure out what works for you personally is to take the time to understand what it is that makes your precious body feel good. What are the foods that reduce or eliminate cravings for unhealthy food products? What foods make you feel full of life and keep you thriving? What foods make you feel good?
Remember, it’s all about the individual. Not the theory!
No one knows you better than you know yourself. Get empowered to dialogue with yourself to understand what YOU want to eat. Not what the latest and greatest diet fad says you should eat.
And you never know, once you’re able to work out your relationship with food, maybe you’ll be empowered to explore yourself in a more broader sense, for example your “taste” for fashion or your relationships with your friends.
Keep going within, you never know what you might discover about yourself.
This journey on spaceship earth is so incredible.
Be open, be authentic to yourself, and listen to your instinct.
Love and light,
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Quillin, P 2000, ‘Cancer’s sweet tooth’, viewed 31 December 2015, <http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/sugar_cancer.htm>
Graham, J.M. 2015, ‘Men and Women eat Differently?’, viewed 31 December 2015, <http://www.diet-blog.com/08/men_and_women_eat_differently.php>