What is the ideal diet?
This has got to be the #1 question I get as a nutritionist! If only it were a simple answer.
There is no one diet that is perfect for everyone. I do best on a high fibre, high protein diet while the Husband is best on a vegetarian diet (yes making meals to please everyone is tough!) I know many people who swear by the caveman method, and others that require a high fat content, and don’t even get me started on all the diets out there to accommodate food allergies/sensitivities.
Each and every one of us is unique in so many ways, including out dietary requirements. We were likely born this way and then our lifestyle and health choices have also contributed to our nutritional uniqueness. No pyramid or rainbow or chart can cover everyones individual needs.
What’s even more complicated is that there is also no single diet that is perfect for a person through their entire lifetime! What worked for you as a kid, may not work for you as an adult. As we complete different milestones in our lives, our dietary requirements also change. Puberty, demanding jobs, pregnancy, menopause and aging all require a different balance of nutrients.
Although there is no single perfect diet, there are a few general guidelines to eat by:
1. Your diet should consist of whole, natural and fresh foods
2. You should include a variety of all food groups and colours
3. Don’t overeat any one particular food. Balance and moderation are key
4. Be wary of fad diets that have big promises or eliminate entire whole food groups
5. Don’t expect 100% perfection
If your energy, digestion, skin, mood or immune system is not up to snuff, your diet could be lacking the specific nutrients that your body needs at this time in your life. Be flexible, experiment with new foods, and seek professional nutritional advice when you are overwhelmed by all of the trends, fads and crazes out there. Only you can take charge of your health!
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