Are you wondering what diet is best for me and looking for the best diet that works for you? Do you feel confused between all the conflicting dietary information and different types of diets? Are you unsure of what to eat and how to eat healthier?
To start with, let me make it easy for you.
The basis of a healthy diet is to eat real food. Simple as that. Ditch all the processed and packaged foods and go back to eating whole foods found in nature.
If you need help with the basics, learn the essentials to eating a nutrient-dense whole food diet. By following these simple recommendations, you will be doing much better than most of the population.
If you are already eating a whole food diet and still suffering from gut problems, weight issues, inflammation, or health problems, do not worry. I am here to help you find the perfect diet for you so you can feel your best.
With all the different types of diets from:
- High fiber plant-based
- Low histamine
- Lectin free
And who knows what else.
It can be hard to know what diet is best for you, especially when experts claim a specific diet offer the best health benefits. I feel like I have heard them all.
Every diet can have its flaws. The best diet recommendations are tailored to your unique genetics and circumstances.
There is no one size fits all diet that will work for everyone because you are unique. You may be at a specific point in your healing journey where you need to follow a particular diet for some time.
But it is most likely not a diet that will sustain you long term. So do not get hung up on following all the rules of every diet. Because if you do, you won’t have anything left to eat. And your body needs to be nourished with nutrient-dense whole foods.
The Paleo Diet
The paleo diet has become very popular lately, but is it necessary to exclude all grains, legumes, and dairy? Yes, many people have difficulty digesting beans and grains. But is the food the cause? Or are gut dysbiosis and poor digestion the problem?
While I respect the paleo diet, I suspect that the modern paleo diet is far different from our ancestors’ paleo diet. Organ meats such as liver are very nutrient-dense, but how many of us eat organ meats as part of the paleo diet? And were our paleo ancestors making paleo sweet treats?
The Keto Diet
The keto diet has also gained popularity. Some people claim to feel great following the keto diet, which is fantastic if you feel your best on the keto diet.
But I highly question if the keto diet is the best type of diet for individuals with a fatty liver, sluggish gallbladder, poor fat digestion, and SNPs in the PEMT gene and APOE gene.
If somebody had SNPs in these genes and trouble with fat metabolism, is a high-fat diet the best? I have SNPs in these genes and know that I feel better on a low-fat diet plant-based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
The Vegan Diet
I love that a healthy vegan diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans that are fantastic prebiotics for the gut microbiome.
But the vegan diet can be lacking in crucial nutrients such as choline, B12, and vitamin B2, which are highest in animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs.
Due to a deficiency in these nutrients, vegans are likely to have problems with their gallbladder and develop small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
B12, B2, and choline are crucial nutrients for methylation and optimal liver and gallbladder function. Learn more about MTHFR and SIBO and the PEMT gene to find out why you need these nutrients.
I use a combination between the SIBO diet and the low fodmap diet to help people through the initial stages of a SIBO protocol. The purpose of the SIBO and low fodmap diet is to help provide symptomatic relief of gut symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and irritable bowel.
The low fodmap or SIBO diet is very useful when used appropriately alongside a gut health protocol that addresses the root causes of SIBO. But, following the low-fodmap diet long-term is not beneficial as such restricted diets can cause a lack of probiotic bacterial diversity in the colon.
I like to focus on including as many low fodmap vegetables and low fodmap fruits with clients that have SIBO. Fruits and vegetables are very cleansing for the liver.
A sluggish liver and gallbladder are an underlying cause of SIBO, which is why I like to support the liver with liver cleansing fruits and vegetables.
This gallbladder cleansing beet juice is phenomenal for weight loss and liver detox. Beets are one of my favorite superfoods to support a sluggish gallbladder.
I created this low fodmap breakfast scramble to support a sluggish gallbladder and liver with essential nutrients, including B12, choline, vitamin B2, and folate.
My ultimate goal is to help people eat a wide variety of whole foods full of plant-based fiber. A diverse diet filled with various plant-based foods is crucial for building and maintaining a healthy microbiome in the gut.
Healthy Diet for Weight Loss
Inflammation is underlying many chronic health conditions, including insulin resistance and weight gain. I highly recommend eating an anti-inflammatory diet filled with pigmented fruits and vegetables. An anti-inflammatory diet is low in saturated fats and high in omega-three fats.
Robby and Cyrus have helped thousands of people reverse insulin resistance with a low-fat, plant-based diet.
When it comes to losing weight healthily, it’s all about knowing the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Not all carbs are unhealthy.
Blueberries are one of the top antioxidant fruits with powerful health benefits. Blueberries are phenomenal for preventing insulin resistance and fatty liver.
A struggling liver and gallbladder are the root cause of health conditions such as insulin resistance and SIBO. Here is a list of liver cleansing foods to include in your diet.
Many people with SIBO or SNPs in the DAO gene can develop symptoms of histamine intolerance such as:
- Itchy skin
- Nasal congestion
- Abdominal pain
Reducing high histamine foods such as wine, cheese, fermented foods, and citrus is beneficial for individuals with histamine intolerance.
The MTHFR gene has also been gaining popularity. The best diet for someone with the MTHFR gene is to eat high folate and vitamin B2 foods. Think leafy greens for folate and animal foods such as meat and dairy for the vitamin B2 sources.
Can you see how important it is to eat a whole food diet that contains all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) found within the macronutrients? This article will help you to find healthy sources of all the macronutrients, including healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
As you can see, there is no one size fits all diet that works for everyone. When someone comes to see me, I dig deep to find out what foods someone may be intolerant to, then ask why?
Because ultimately, when someone has a healthy microbiome and optimal digestive function, they should eat a diverse diet.
I use genetic testing to find out where weaknesses lie, then make dietary adjustments according to your unique genetics. Instead of following every fad diet, I recommend finding out what works best for you!
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