Most types of diets are defined by both the foods they promote eating and the foods they restrict. Here are some more popular ones.
- Elimination diet What do you eat and what do you avoid? The elimination diet helps you find the foods that adversely affect your health.
- Gluten-free diets If you are allergic to gluten found in grain, consider the gluten- or grain-free diet.
- Low glycemic index diet Many health conditions can be improved by maintaining blood sugar levels. The glycemic index is a method of determining foods that cause blood sugar spikes, followed by crashes. Foods that don’t cause sugar spikes are low glycemic index foods.
- Hypoglycemia diet Hypoglycemia is a glucose deficiency in your bloodstream. Eliminate sugars and follow the same advice as a low glycemic index diet.
- Lactose-free diet If you are allergic to dairy, try a lactose-free diet. Eliminate all dairy from your diet and notice any improvements. Then try adding a low-lactose dairy product (yogurt, kefir, etc.) to your diet for a few days and notice any mood or physical changes. If you have no changes, consider that food OK to eat.
- No-sugar diet Sugar has been linked to depression, tooth decay, mood swings, diabetes, and other medical conditions. White sugar contains no nutrients and should be removed from any diet.
- Paleolithic diet A combination of many of the above diets. Some paleo diets promote a low-carb lifestyle. Why not low carb? These diets are problematic with western food production. However, the paleo diet promoted by Dr. Loren Cordain is heavy on good carbs and lean protein to promote better health. It is grain-free, low glycemic index, sugar-free, and dairy-free.
What diet do I follow?
I try to follow the Cordain paleo diet. It makes the most sense, it is based on natural and historical evidence, and it is sustainable…Sustainable? You might have heard how the paleo diet isn’t because of the reliance on protein?Definitely for the low-carb paleo diet. But not so for the plant-based paleo diet.
Here is why…
- Despite what many people seem to think, it really is a plant-based diet. And anybody with a little space can grow vegetables. I grow them in containers on my patio. Add composting and you are recycling your food waste while growing your own nutrient-dense food.
- If more families grew at least a portion of their own food, that would free up resources for natural animal farming… grass-fed beef, omnivore chickens, etc. Transportation of food would be reduced, energy could be saved, and medical problems would decrease.
- It would save families money from vegetables that could be used for protein.
- The amount of money, fertilizer, and human energy spent today on grass lawns could instead be used for food production. Mel Bartholemew, author of Square-Foot Gardening, estimates that one 4-foot square garden plot will feed an individual one salad per day during the growing season. Two will fill daily plant-based food. And three will feed the individual all year by preserving the harvest. Note that… one 12-foot by 4-foot plot will feed a person the entire year. A lot of barren front yards are larger than that. A family of three would need a garden 12-feet by 18-feet to feed it the entire year, cut the food bill way down, and provide better nutrition than food found in supermarkets. And, once established, wouldn’t require much if any more effort than seeding, aerating, fertilizing, and mowing the grass in that area.