By now, we are all aware and probably confused with the controversy of what healthy eating really means.
The truth is, the answer to these questions is different for everyone. Essentially, you would need to work out what works best for you.
In our experience, common sense and from our research, eating whole foods is probably one of the ‘best’ approaches to adopt. This minimises the toxins and allows your body to get a higher level of nutrition.
At the moment, these are some of the most popular ‘diets’ people have adopted:
A vegan diet consists of no meat, nor dairy, essentially it is a diet that contains no animal products, nor honey.
A vegan diet is sometimes referred to as a plant-based diet.
Some vegans also adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet, which essentially means that they do not consume any processed foods, sometimes even including oils.
Generally, when someone adopts a vegan lifestyle they will not purchase, wear or use any animal-derived products (like feathers, wool and leather)
This diet is one that most of us are familiar with. Vegetarians do not consume meat, but they may consume dairy and eggs.
3.) Banting / Ketogenic diet
This is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. These diets are very similar, but have some slight differences, being more lenient with some foods or beverages. Most fruits, starch vegetables and alcohol is avoided. This diet is generally adopted for weight loss. The goal is to get the body into a state of ketosis – fat burning.
4.) Low carb diet
This is a broader, more lenient sense of the banting diet. Anyone limiting their intake of carbohydrates Limiting carbs to 50g per day, or 25 – 30% of your diet is generally considered a low carb diet.
Some people choose this diet because of the health controversy with wheat and other people almost have to adopt this diet because of allergies to the wheat products. Gluten-free diets exclude wheat, barley, oats, ancient grains and rye from their diet.
This a fairly new term (Reducetarian.org was co-founded by Brian Kateman in 2015). Basically this is someone who reduces their meat and animal product intake. The majority of their diet is either vegetarian or vegan. (Our Chef says that he is categorised under this term).
A flexitarian is similar to a reducetarian. The flexitarian diet was created by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Her book ‘The Flexitarian diet’ was first published in 2009. This diet also emphasises eating less sugar and the least processed foods.
Some of these diets overlap, which one describes your diet the most?
And how is this going for you? Please comment below, we would love to hear how your way of eating works (or doesn’t work) for you. Or which of the diets you would like to follow.