Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ok, so as I continue this journey of trying to eat healthier and add exercise I am encountering several different options.
First, there is the paleo diet. A friend of FB is incorporating this diet with her family and is being successful with her kids. Basically it's meat and veggies. It's a caveman diet, if it was not available to cavemen, then you don't eat it. Here's the downside, there are several things that I have questioned about some of thing on the "do eat" side of things. Bacon for instance, that is not something I'm sure was available to cavemen and ground meat. Did they have some sort of prehistoric meat grinder? I'm sure about some of this "diet".
Then there is veganism. Honestly that sounds sort of like way of life rather than a diet. I think this is more for animal rights and cruelty than healthy eating and dieting. It's a lot of work and a lot of the items for vegan cooking is a bit pricey.
Gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. It's an intestinal problem that makes your tummy hurt really bad. I don't want to down play this problem because I have no idea how severe this disease can get. But basically, no wheat or any kind of wheat products.
Then there is the Atkins diet, South Beach diet, the DASH diet and a whole boat load more of "diets" to follow. I don't want to knock down all these diets because everyone has their own way of doing things.
The one thing I did realize doing a little research on these different diets is the lists. The Eat This and don't eat that lists on each and every one of them. I have come to realize that no matter what 'diet' you follow the one thing that they do have in common is lots of veggies and clean meats (except vegans).
So all that being said I have decided to incorporate a little bit of each diet into my own way of eating. I have to do what works for me and eliminating completely all processed foods and sweets is not a huge option for me because I will fail. More veggies, cleaner meats and not a lot of eating out are what I will be incorporating into my own diet. As I go through the things I cook, I realize that some of the stuff I cook is not as bad as I thought. So kudos to me for feeding my family. Tweaking recipes here and there to be able to eat clean and good is the answer for me. I enjoy eating but I don't like being overweight so I will find a balance that works for me.