Finding Your Perfect Diet
When you think about it, food is the one medicine, drug, addiction, necessity, (fill- in- the blank to how you feel about it) we do every day, all hours of the day, and pretty much where ever we want. It can heal and it can hurt. That is why it is so important that we make sure what we are putting in our bodies is good. This is the tricky part though, what might be great for me, may not be great for you. I still continue to research food, but the more I eat, the more I learn that every one is different and how my body reacts to something, could be completely different to how your body responds to the same food.
According to the Blood Type Diet, I am a hunter and should eat good animal proteins and lots of veggies. My ancestors, (old, old ancestors that is) hunted for their food. We didn’t develop a stomach for digesting large amounts of grains and certainly not refined carbohydrates. My husband on the other hand is “supposed” to be a vegetarian, completely different dinner time meals right? As much as I like the idea of being a vegetarian, I find my energy levels always seem lower when I cut out all sources of animal proteins and stick to just plant proteins. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but there has to be some reason for it, right?
There are so many great resources to help you discover which diet is best for you. The No Meat Athlete has been a great reminder that people who exercise and burn a lot of fuel can still be vegetarians. Scott Jurek is a well known ultra runner and he is completely vegan. The Paleo Diet embraces your inner cave man while loading you up on good fruits and vegetables as well. One the other end of the spectrum is the China Study, which urges people to drop the animal products, meat and diary, as well as reducing their intake of refined carbohydrates.
These are only four different diets, or ways of eating. There are so many resources out there. The good news is that I know something will work for you. Food can be an amazing gift, if we use it wisely. I hope this helps you in your endeavor to find which foods your body needs.
Remember the words of Hippocrates
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food
The man knows what he’s talking about.