Did you know that there are more than 100 named diets?
Atkins, Paleo, Raw, South Beach, Weight Watchers, The Zone, Gerson, Flat Belly Diet, Vegan, etc. The only difference between them is the timing, ratio and/or type of nutrients allowed.
So, which one is right for YOU?
The simple answer: none of them. Your body is the ultimate authority on what you should eat and not eat. It knows what it needs and doesn't need. Although we share characteristics, no two bodies are identical thus no two bodies have identical dietary needs. (Except maybe in the case of identical twins but there are environmental factors that could disrupt even that assumption.)
How do you discover what your unique body needs? By learning to listen to it and by finding the right foods for you. When you eat something good and nutritious for you, your body feels good, your stomach doesn't ache, you sleep better, you have more energy. Conversely, eat something bad for your body and the feedback is always there. Are you listening?
In my own health journey, I have found that plant-based is best for my biology. I blog, podcast, and advocate for plant-based because it literally saved my life. Until I discovered my body's wisdom, I (like many women) weighed myself every day. I stressed over whether to have dessert. I counted my calories. I worried about my protein intake yet, ironically, I never worried about eating enough veggies. Some days, I was so bloated that I looked as if I were several months pregnant. I slept poorly and my stomach was often upset because dairy makes me sick and I was eating it every day. And I had my first colonoscopy at age 27 because my bowel movements were too infrequent and thus difficult. (They removed a couple of polyps during the procedure, by the way.) My bio-feedback was there like a flashing neon sign.
So...what does your body prescribe for YOU?
If you are not aligned to your body's wisdom, it could be the reason that you are tired, sleeping fitfully, aching, irritable, and/or your ideal weight or fitness goal remains elusive.
When you learn to eat for your unique body, you could be able to eat whatever you want as much as you want. (I do so while remaining under my goal weight and most importantly, I feel great.)
You deserve to feel your best. It is possible. And you don’t need a diet change to get you there. You need a lifestyle change.