This is the way I eat. Wholesome, full-fat, fairly unrestricted, yet typically heavier on the fruits and vegetables. I eat a lot of ingredients that some of my friends and clients can't: organic dairy, bacon, coffee, cashews, honey, eggs. But I also don't eat a lot of ingredients that my friends and clients DO: refined grains, walnuts, agave, ice cream, nutritional yeast. You see, with every diet, there should be a healthy dose of trial and error. The diet your body thrives on is the one you should be sticking to.
Here are some snapshots from my journey of trial and error:
Refined grains cause my blood sugar to spike and fall too quickly, yet some people I know find them easier to digest than whole grains. I'm allergic to walnuts, which I learned one day at a coffee shop about 5 years ago. I've chosen to limit agave nectar from my repertoire of unrefined natural sweeteners because of its higher glycemic index, but some of my clients who are just getting the hang of cutting out refined sugar can use it to the benefit of their bodies. I typically feel fine on organic diary, but when it's both a high concentration of fat AND a large portion (i.e. a bowl of ice cream), my stomach rejects it. With that said, some of my closest friends would say they actually feel nourished on a bowl of organic, honey-sweetened homemade ice cream. Nutritional yeast is a miracle food for some who find it necessary to stick to very restrictive diets, but let me be honest. It gives me mad gas.
You see, my point in sharing this snapshot into my diet is to stand as an example of finding what works for this one unique body. The only consistent thing about nutrition today is that you will ALWAYS find contradictory advise from nutrition experts on any given area of food. The one concept that I've found to be true and lasting in nutrition is this: there is no one-size-fits-all diet and anyone pronouncing that the entire population should subscribe to a particular diet is flawed in their advice. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, or raw foods diets are GREAT for some, but not for all!
So I want to celebrate the way YOU eat. What have you discovered you'd best stay away from over time? And what surprising ingredients do you crave and find your body thriving off of? Let's judge not and instead hold space for one another in the area of personal diet, celebrating how we're each uniquely made.