Everything in a Nutshell
Today’s society has shifted gears when it comes to diets, lifestyle adjustments and fitness components needed to reach optimal health. There are a variety of elements to explore when deciding which plan to incorporate into your life. For example: the benefits/risks; your needs; your goals; and the potential challenges you will face. Is this a lifestyle that will be conducive to your family, schedule and mindset? Defining potential roadblocks ahead of the game can better assist you on what program or programs may work best to be successful in obtaining your goals. Let’s break down each style of eating from vegetarian, vegan, keto and paleo in terms that are easy to understand. Each of these nutritional programs has gained a huge media presence in the last couple of years due to their health benefits, different movements, and perceptions about consuming animal and plant-based foods and weight loss. Every program will have its pros and cons depending on the consumer’s needs. The key, however, is to choose a program that works best for you, your lifestyle and family. Some programs require a very strict regimen, so if you struggle with drastic changes, focus on choosing a program where you can gradually make the adjustments needed.
Vegetarians eliminate meat from their daily intake, however may still consume dairy products and eggs. You may have also heard of subtitles or subcategories of vegetarians such as lacto-ovo vegetarian or lacto-vegetarian. Lacto-ovo vegetarians consume milk products and eggs, whereas lacto vegetarians will consume dairy products and eggs, whereas lacto vegetarians will consume dairy products and eliminate eggs along with all meats to stay within the vegetarian diet.
The keto diet is a nutritional plan that incorporates high fat, adequate protein, and low carbohydrate intake. The goal of ketosis is to utilize your fat as fuel, instead of using carbohydrates as your main source of energy production. Key foods consumed on the keto diet are avocado, fatty fish, eggs, nuts, vegetables, heavy cream, salted butter, bacon, full-fat cheese and beef, to name a few.
The paleo diet focuses on eating only foods that are high in nutrients, unprocessed, and based on the foods from Paleolithic times. The belief is that with industrial agriculture, the processing of foods and domestication of animals, our bodies are unable to adapt to the modifications made, unlike in Paleolithic times when foods were in their natural state. Foods included in the paleo diet are nuts, wild plants (fruits and vegetables), fish and meat. Foods that are excluded are legumes/beans, grains, all dairy, processed sugars and high salt intake.
The diets listed above are not the only nutritional programs available; however they are just a few of the highlighted programs on the market today. Again, when choosing a program, the key is to look for eating as clean as possible. However, when you find yourself in a bind, sometimes making the healthiest choice available is essential. Provided in the link below are balanced protein, fat and carbohydrate snacks that may not be the most clean snacks, however they will keep your blood sugar in check.
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