Do You Know What Paleo, Vegan, Mediterranean and Macrobiotic Diets Have in Common?

Assortment of High Fiber FoodsDo you ever look at all the diets out there and think, who is right? Paleo, vegan, Mediterranean, macrobiotic and the raw foods diet all make a case as to why they are the healthiest choice for you. Some of their arguments make a lot of sense and others give me pause. I have a hard time believing all grains are bad for me but if it makes you happy to skip them, rock on.

They all actually do have their good points. They’re full of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean protein and low on refined sugars and packaged foods. Their common ground is that they are based on whole foods.

It’s easy to twist some of the principles of the various eating plans. Vegans may find themselves buying “fake meat” products and Paleo may be relying a bit too much on less healthy cuts of meat. But if you stick to the basic principles you get a pretty decent eating plan.

Another part of what makes this work is finding an eating plan that you can live with long-term. I’m very happy with a more Mediterranean style eating plan; I love fish, vegetables and salads. I can eat that way pretty much for the rest of my life. I can’t see myself living without having any type of grain, it doesn’t feel good to me; neither does eating a lot of wheat.

You may find that you are happiest without animal products. Or, perhaps, you really don’t care for grains and find the Paleo diet works for you. You are the only one who knows how food makes you feel.

My challenge to you is to pay attention to how you feel during the next week. Did your meal and snacks leave you feeling happy and satisfied? Were you grumpy or looking to pick afterward? Did you reach for certain foods when your mood was good and others when you were in a bad mood? How did you feel after you ate the foods you were craving?

These are clues that will help you find what foods best sustain you. The trick is listening to your body and then nourishing it in the best way possible for you.

Do you need help in figuring out which foods work best for you? Email me, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, to set up a consultation. We will create a plan that works specifically for you and your busy life.