Dieting trends, fads and “fuss” has been an ongoing tug of war. Have you noticed that foods or diets are nearly as faddish as women’s fashion? I happen to like them both and do not mind sorting through piles in either case! That is not so, with many who have asked me for help with eating. Of course, these internal, fueling matters will always have more serious consequences than external fleeting fashion concerns; so yes, I will help!
Typically, though not always, diets fall into two camps, Ketogenic diets and whole plant based diets placing different demands physiologically. One burns fat, while the other burns carbohydrates. Our bodies more naturally burn carbs, but can be “set up” to burn fat. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you have been told to follow one of these by your health practitioner, likely there is good reason. Hopefully, you understand why you are doing what you are doing. Whichever it is, no doubt, first steps are somewhat uncomfortable and often, rather difficult. In any case, there does seem to be a common denominator or two, so to speak, with these two.
Being a “peacemaker” (or is it “peas” maker), it gives me great pleasure to note where there is agreement among these plates. Watery vegetable selections are welcomed on both, and unlimited amounts are typically allowed. So, steamed, marinated, raw and cooked, valuable nutrient dense “wonders” may be paraded to “front and center” stage where their vibrant colors may allure audiences to indulge without regret or remorse.
Another happy thought is, many leafy greens contain omega 3 fatty acids, which also pleases opposing ideologies. Finally, all agree that sprouted seeds and nuts offer more nutrients than their unsprouted counterparts while optimizing bio-availability.
So, while a certain percentage of these different diets seem to be polar opposites, it is great gain for all to focus on points of agreement and enjoy meals without contention. After all, joyful attitudes promote every kind of health and well being.