Low carb diets and demonizing grains seems to be the “in vogue” nutrition trend right now. Here’s why I’m not into that life.
1) We need a BALANCE of nutrients.
There are three macronutrients that we need in our diet: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Anyone telling you to cut out an entire macronutrient is out of their mind. And probably getting paid a ton of money to tell you that. Leaving out any macronutrient will eventually cause nutritional deficiencies and energy crashes.
2) It Doesn’t Work For Me
Figuring out a diet that works for YOU is one of most important aspect of nutrition. I tried a high fat, low-carb paleo diet for quite a while. My body felt sluggish, and I was having a hard time digesting all the fats. I’d get stomach aches after eating a high fat meal – especially eggs! When I did my hair mineral analysis test, my mineral patterns showed that I am a slow oxidizer.That means my body doesn’t use nutrients as efficiently as it’s meant to. Fats are naturally more complex and take the body more energy to be able to use them. This means that my body needs more simple energy. After I started incorporating more high quality grains, squash, and root vegetables along with my healthy fats and protein, I definitely started feeling better! Some people’s mineral patterns show that they are a fast oxidizer. These people will want more dense nutrients – like fat – to keep them going throughout the day. In the end, finding a diet that you love depends more on your body that what magazines or blogs have to say.
What Actually Matters
While I don’t eat low-carb. I DO eat low crap-carb. I get the majority of my carbohydrates from fresh vegetables and fruits instead of processed grain products like bagels and cereal. I’ve found it’s also important for me to incorporate less processed grains such as rice, stone ground oatmeal, or buckwheat into my diet. Gluten isn’t a problem for everyone, and if you’re going to eat glutenous grains, it’s SO important to find good quality. By soaking, sprouting, and fermenting grains (like traditional sour dough) it lessens the amount of antinutrients and make the grains easier to digest. Remember, no one is deficient in crap food!
Strive to have at least one source of the three macronutrients in EVERY meal. Each macronutrient – carbohydrate, protein, and fat – offers a unique blend of nutrients that our bodies need. To find the right balance for you, it just takes some experimenting. Try a paleo diet for a while and see how you feel. Then make some tweaks as you need to. If your current diet doesn’t quite feel right for you – then keep working at it.
A diet that works for you will probably change throughout your life as your body and health does. I’m working hard to correct my mineral deficiencies and improve my digestion so my body will be better equipped to process fats. As my body heals, I’ll be able to feel amazing while eating a wider variety of foods. Your food journey might be life-long, but it can be joy filled. Learn to respect your food, pay attention to your body, and always remember that perfection isn’t the goal – progress is. Plus, working on your health is a great excuse to scroll through pinterest all day. All day. ;P