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What should I eat???
Are you one of the many millions that are really confused about what to eat?
Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, Paleo, Ketogenic, vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan …… No wonder there is so much confusion!

Here is a brief overview of the guidelines of each.

Grain Brain/Wheat Belly
This eating plan primarily consists of a diet rich in fish, seeds, nuts & olive oil. It recommends eliminating grains and sugars.

This plan is based on eating every day foods that align with the food groups of our pre agricultural, hunter gatherer ancestors. Eating the Paleo way consists of a diet including meat, fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, vegetables nuts & seeds and healthy oils. Foods very low in sugar. No added sugars.

This plan consists of eating Seafood, fish, low carb non starchy, cheese, avocados, meat& poultry, eggs, healthy oils, Plain Greek yogurt & cottage cheese, vegetables, nuts and seeds, berries, butter and cream, olives, dark chocolate & cocoa powder. Foods very low in sugar & No added sugar.

Vegetarian/Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian
This is a diet that consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, grains & healthy oils. It eliminates ALL animal products, meat, poultry, fish, dairy etc.

Lacto-Ovo is a vegetarian diet with the addition of dairy & eggs.
You can find many resources to support each and every one of these “eating plans”
If you notice there is an underlining similarity though in all of these… NO ADDED SUGAR! (The sugar debate we will leave for another time!)

This is a plant based diet, consuming no animal products .Vegetables, fruits, nuts seeds, legumes, olives and healthy oils are the mainstays of this plan.
Please note that when I say “diet” for the purpose of this article it is merely encompassing the foods being eaten…being a vegetarian for example is NOT going on a vegetarian “diet” it is describing the food groups that a person chooses to eat.

So what do you do?
In my opinion, you should FIRST speak to your physician if you have any health issues that would require you to alter your diet in any way.
Then ask yourself what you are trying to achieve i.e. Weight loss, lower BMI, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugars (again with a conversation with your physician) Each of the above plans have their merits depending on the end game results that you are looking to achieve.

Then look at which plan aligns closest to what you like to eat /your goals & then approach it as a lifestyle change.

Again, in my opinion…..At the end of the day the answer is a lifelong way of well-balanced, portion controlled, healthy eating based on your likes & dislikes.(again with the exception of health specific dietary restrictions). A diet implies something short term and usually not sustainable, so while you may get the results you want chances are you will not maintain it when you fall back into your previous eating habits.

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