The Common Factor in All Diets

April 9, 2014

There are so many different “diets” out there, and so many people preaching whichever diet they follow, usually claiming it to be the best.

Between the hundreds of different ways of eating, and all of the different people claiming that their way of eating is best, this makes nutrition even MORE confusing to most people.

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Let me start of by stating that I do NOT like the term “diet”. Hearing that word makes people think they are going to be hungry, restricted, running on low-calories, and freaks people out.

When I refer to diet, I really just mean a different style of eating.

  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Clean-eating
  • IIFYM
  • Vegetarian
  • Low-carb
  • Zone
  • Mediterranean

These different styles of eating are all pretty different from each other. However, many people have seemed to have great success on each one of these, correct?

How many times have you heard that Paleo has cured digestive issues, cleared up skin, gave the person amazing energy, helped get to a stable weight, made them overall healthier, etc.? Many.

How many times have you heard that Veganism has cured digestive issues, cleared up skin, gave the person amazing energy, helped get to a stable weight, made them overall healthier, etc.? Many.

How many times have you heard that Clean Eating has cured digestive issues, cleared up skin, gave the person amazing energy, helped get to a stable weight, made them overall healthier, etc.? Many.

Although these “diets” are very different from each other, they all have a common factor – eating real, whole foods. 

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It doesn’t matter if you decide to eat low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat, meat, no meat, grains, no grains, dairy, no dairy, whatever.

The trick is to find which one works best for you. 

I get it, nutrition can certainly be confusing. But if you’re just trying to get healthier, start simple by eating real, whole foods. That should be the majority of your diet, and then leave room for sanity foods, of course!

It’s up to you to experiment with your diet and see which style works best for you. You never know until you try. You could do all the research in the world, ask all the people what they think about “x diet”, but ultimately it comes down to you trying it and seeing how YOU feel for yourself.

You could find out you don’t like ANY and decide that you like the “me diet” best. That’s the one I follow 😉

Bottom line – eat real food (majority of the time), that makes YOU feel good. Whichever way you decide to go about doing so. 

 

Have you noticed this common factor in all types of diets?

Have you experimented with your diet to try others out?

 

 

 

17 Comments
    1. for me “diets” are like child rearing books 🙂
      ANY WORK if you STICK TO THEM CONSISTENTLY.

    1. Great post and I honestly COULDN’T agree with you more! I think people put so much money, time, and effort into following fad diets, when I feel like simply eating real food (with some soul food as well ;)), is the key to living a happy and healthy life.

      Love this!

    1. Yep. You totally hit the nail on the head! It’s silly how judgmental others can be with the way a particular person eats if it isn’t the way they eat. Like that whole paleo vs. vegan thing. If it works for you – who cares if you are vegan or paleo or sugar free. We all require different lifestyles to be healthy and not one thing works for everyone. I think as long as you are healthy in whatever lifestyle you choose, we shouldn’t judge another. It’s just not necessary. Great post!

    1. I truly believe that there is NO one size fits all diet out there, everyone needs to treat themselves like their own guinea pig and figure out what works for them! I myself do amazingly well on a very high protein diet, while others may not do well with protein at all!! We are all DIFFERENT! That’s why I sort of HATE diet books because they classify us all as the SAME! So not true!!! But you’re correct, we all need to DITCH THE PROCESSED JUNK and go for WHOLE REAL FOODS!!!

      1. AMEN! Same here, girl. I do better with a lower protein diet.. perfect example 😉 very well said!!

    1. AMEN!!! I love it. I definitely tried out a bunch of fad diets until I found just MY way of eating – and of course it consists of Whole Foods – and chocolate and wine! 🙂

      1. heck yesss! perfect way to eat – balance 😉

    1. I love the message of this post. And am so happy to see you blogging again!!!!
      Whenever I feel guilty for eating X food or Y food I try to ask myself if it’s real. If it is, I cut myself some slack. I may not eat “perfectly” (who does?) but most of the food I eat is recognizable, I can tell where it came from, and it doesn’t have questionable ingredients. That’s more than many folks can say!

      1. Thanks girllll!!! So happy to be back 😀 NO one eats perfectly. F that! hahah

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