“This is THE diet – I promise it works for everyone.”
Ever hear that one? Or maybe you’ve heard “the one” described as “the perfect diet”.
Well, this post is going to be good, really, really good — we’re going to talk about the perfect diet, the one that will change everything, that will align the moon and stars and make your hair curly (if you want curly hair, that is).
Drum roll, please. The perfect diet is:
Yes, that’s right. There is no “perfect diet,” no one-size-fits-all way to eat (or live, for that matter).
You want to know what actually works? Listening to your body and finding what foods work for you.
Let’s consider bio-individuality; we’re all individuals and may have different needs. Some people feel great on a vegan diet while others thrive on a Paleo approach. Others may feel well on a vegetarian diet while a gluten-free approach may work well for another group. And there are many, many more dietary theories and approaches out there.
Also, consider your nutritional needs will vary across your lifetime and even throughout the year (ever wonder why hot soup sounds better in the fall and winter than the summer?). If a “one-size-fits-all” approach worked for everyone, losing weight would be easy and work every time. (But it doesn’t seem to work that way in the real world, does it?)
Now yes, there are a few general items that work well across the board:
-Eating more fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens)
-Being mindful of animal products (smaller amounts of high quality/organic/grass-fed meat and dairy go a long way)
-Going for more whole foods in place of processed and refined foods
-Drinking more water
Otherwise, consider what works for you. Any foods you feel really, really good after eating? I’m talking the contented, satisfied, digestive system flowing regularly type of good, not the “this is so amazing!!!” high in the moment that leads to a crash complete with irritability, crankiness, brain fog, hangover, and/or digestive issues (think bloat/gas/constipation/diarrhea).
Have you discovered any foods your body loves (or hates)? I’d love to hear — leave a comment below!