Grain free, gluten free, whole grain, Paleo, Keto, lectin free, fermented, non-fermented, low sodium, plant based, dairy free, nut free, allergen free. What am I supposed to eat to keep me healthy???!!!
I know, right? There is information overload and so much contradictory information out there. For me, I cannot do Keto eating. As fabulous, life giving, weight balancing as it is, my body does not metabolize fats and proteins well and so I cannot live a keto lifestyle. I also cannot do 100% plant based because me, beans and especially grains (whole, soaked, or gluten free) are not besties-most beans make me Gas Bomb Betty and grains for the most part burn in my stomach and/or get super bloated. Dairy and I have an off and on relationship, so I only consume small amounts of organic butter or cream (again bloating and gas).
I also know people thriving on Keto, 100% plant based, Paleo, etc. And then there seems to be a turning point where something changes in their body and they have a health issue and need to adjust. Or not. They do not put 2+2 together and believe they need to change their eating and maybe continue with their lifestyles and add on whatever will fix that specific issue.
Plus you do need to take into consideration if you have been eating a vegan/100% plant based lifestyle for a prolonged period of time, your body is no longer making the digestive enzymes needed to digest animal product and you can get sick from jumping feet first into animal protein again. So, start with fish or eggs and then work your way up the food channel.
What about fermented foods? Some are super beneficial but if you have certain autoimmune issues, they may be contradictory. Same with bone broth. While super nourishing and healing, some people get major migraines and nausea from it. That is due to toxicity in the body all ready as well as other factors.
Is there a one size fits all for eating healthy? No. That is why I published my Real Language Of Food Constructive Recipes For A Healthier You. It is a baby step recipe book for those wanting to dabble in food antagonists and what works in your body. It is an elimination protocol that gives you multiple recipes and options. I went under the notion that everyone knows how to cook a protein and that finding the veggie dishes to go with is what is the difficult part. You can find it on Amazon and on my website.
My point is, read, educate yourself and experiment to see what works for you. And when your body’s season shifts and what had been working for you no longer does, know that you will play the elimination game again and still find tasty ways to eat. And I am always here to help you find recipes and options for you.