Which Diet Should I Pick?

I am asked regularly what I think about this diet or that diet. Adkins, Ketogenic, low-carb, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, etc. Usually my answer is some variation of this: Most of us eat too many processed foods, high fat meat, refined flours, sugars, and not enough healthy fresh plant foods including vegetables, fruit, whole, diverse grains and healthy sources protein. In addition to that, I recommend people eat organically grown and minimally processed food as much as possible. We should limit our consumption of pesticides, additives (preservatives, food dyes, etc.), foods made with hormones, antibiotics and GMO.

I have recently read (and re-read) Grain Brain, South Beach Diet and Diet Cure. My answer is still the same.

While there are more and more books coming out all of the time and new and updated theories about what we should be eating and not eating, the popular book “The South Beach Diet” written in 2004 (updated in 2009) is still a good overview of what a balanced diet can look like, and allows for the reader or “dieter” to enjoy foods they love. Importantly for our current state of simple sugar over-consumption, the book offers a specific detox plan to help purge the sugars and manufactured carbohydrates out of the body. The detox program helps with cravings, weight loss, food intolerances and more, and it only lasts a couple weeks. The plan also allows for more and more freedom as you progress from week to week.

I do feel that the South Beach Diet includes too many animal sources of protein for my preference however.

As I often say, education is ideal. The more understanding one has about nutrition the more freedom one has to choose and therefore  the more likely they are to be successful. For any diet to be successful you should look for doable lifestyle changes, not strict diets or regimented menus which are limiting and therefore unsustainable.

As I say in my book “A Nutrition Revolution”, learn to fish rather than being sold a fish- as the old saying goes- and you will have more freedom, choices and will therefore be more likely to be successful. Check out my book for more on this and to gain a better understanding about nutrition and why many of us are stuck on a perpetual diet and sickness wheel (hint: ignorance and $$$) and what we can do about it.

I have included my favorite recipe from The South Beach Diet for you to check out. To make it completely plant based, vegan cheese can be substituted for mozzarella. Enjoy! Be healthy and happy.

Portobello Pizza

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl and rub the mushroom caps on all sides with the mixture.
  2. Place caps, top side down, in a circle on an oiled baking sheet.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange the cheese, basil, and tomato slices alternately in a circle on top of the mushrooms.
  5. Sprinkle with oregano, if using.
  6. Bake at 450 until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes.

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