Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, or pegan?
The number one question I get asked by my health coaching clients is, “What diet should I be on?” And my answer is always the same, “The one that works for you.”
People are so busy trying to follow the latest trends that they don’t take the time to figure out what actually works for their bodies.
We are all unique. What works well for you may not work for someone else. I think there are some tried and true theories that are good for everyone; add more vegetables, drink more water, cut out the sugar, and stop eating processed crap. But whether to follow a specific diet plan is a very individual thing.
Let’s face it, there’s a new diet book out it seems like every day. And there’s always a celebrity touting the latest plan that helped them shed weight. That’s fine for that celebrity, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.
The best diet is the one that helps you get to and maintain a healthy weight, one that gives you energy and makes you feel vibrant, and one that helps to manage or eliminate health concerns such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
So then how does one know what to eat?
First, start paying attention to what you eat and how you feel after you eat it. If you have diarrhea every time you eat dairy, that might be a clue that dairy is not your friend.
One of the saddest days of my life was when I realized I couldn’t eat M&Ms any more. Every time I ate them I got a migraine. Okay, maybe one of the saddest days of my life is an exaggeration, but, it was pretty traumatic to an M&M lover. Still, I knew that they were the culprit of my pain and so I gave them up.
I also don’t eat dairy. I noticed that whenever I had it, I would have stomach issues. It was only through paying attention to what I was eating that I figured that out and once I stopped eating dairy, the issues went away.
Start writing down what you eat, even for just a week, and then write down how you feel. If you are feeling lethargic, have headaches, or have gastrointestinal issues, see if you can link it back to the food you are eating.
If you can stand to do an elimination diet, that may help you pinpoint the foods that are giving you trouble. There are lots of ways to do an elimination diet (you can find information on how to get started in my book Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes That Add Up to Big Results! available now at amazon.com) and doing the diet can help you really figure out what foods are working for you and what foods are not working for you.
Have you ever been here? Your friend orders the latest and greatest diet book, follows the plan, and loses 40 pounds! Then, you get the same book, follow the same plan, and lose 10? It may not be that you did something wrong, or even that the book is wrong, it just may not be the right plan for you.
Instead of following along with each new thing that comes by, try figuring out what uniquely works for your unique self. Sure, you can find lots of information on Google, but Google doesn’t know how much you sleep, your blood type, your stress level, what allergies you may have. So skip the Googling and be your own search engine. Search for what makes you feel your best and stick with that.
Need help? That’s why I’m here. Contact me TODAY for your free health consultation, firstname.lastname@example.org. No obligation, no hard sell, just a chance to some health and wellness information that is unique to YOU!
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.
Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”
Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.
Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.
Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.
Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.