There is no doubt about it that a large percentage of the world’s health problems today are diet related. This is probably why we all keep searching for that ‘perfect’ diet which will make us immune to the diseases surrounding us.
We have tried to find this perfect diet by looking back in time from two hundred years ago, to two hundred thousand years ago.
We have tried eliminating either fat, or carbohydrates, or animal protein. We have fasted, we have detoxed, and we have restricted calories.
In fact, it is evident by all the ‘diets’ currently in vogue, that we see making radical changes to our diet as beneficial. There are certainly benefits to every ‘diet,’ but let’s take a look at how they weigh up. This is diets explained.
* Of course it is understandable to have dietary restrictions/radical lifestyle changes for personal performance reasons (i.e athlete), because of a chronic disease state, or because of allergies or intolerances.
So what can we take away from this?
Basically, that there is no diet that is ‘perfect’. We are all individuals, with individual beliefs, tolerances and desires. We cannot look at another person’s plate and compare it to our own. In fact, I have been told that the only reason we should look at another person’s plate is to make sure that they have enough! We should not feel we have to eat a certain way to meet the standards of others, or to fit into a particular scene.
The goal should be to eat for wellness; a diet that is nutritionally sound, sustainable and ethical, that makes you feel genuinely good. So instead of trying to find the answer in restrictive diets and radical lifestyle changes, is it possible for us to just eat sensibly? More on sensible eating here.