There are many diets out there. Some that say you can have everything you want in moderation. Some have points you count, some count calories. Some eliminate certain foods all together deeming them “bad” for you. Some diets go by the color of food. It’s a weird industry, because everyone touts their ideas and methods to be superior to the rest.
Frankly, if it works for you, then it is the best for you.
I don’t think there is one all powerful diet that will work for everyone. I’ve tried various things. I’ve tried (and failed same day) the no carb/Atkin’s diet. I need potatoes to survive, it’s because I’m Irish. I’ve been on and off Weight Watchers numerous times – I’m on it now, actually. I’ve done MyFitnessPal.com. I’ve done Paleo and failed.
I think that Weight Watchers is the best option for me, when I follow it. The problem with me following it is that I am constantly going over my points. The problem with that is I’m constantly trying to fit in certain foods, in the portions that I want into meals.
English Muffins for breakfast. That sounds normal, but it’s not good if you are hungry 30 minutes after eating it.
This is the biggest one.
Here are some sites for and against the Gluten Free Lifestyle
I will say that I am not sure how well this will work for me, but as far as my hunger signals, after one day of not eating wheat, I know I am eating less. It’s not me just thinking that “Oh I didn’t have snacks so that just means it’s working!” It’s me actually not feeling hungry, not feeling full, but feeling satisfied.
Eliminating it completely? Like FOREVER?
No, I’m not. I’m not going to forgo cake at my sisters wedding this fall. I am not going to give up our local brewery’s taproom. I’m not going never have Tony’s Pizza again. I’m just not always going to have it. I think that a splurge is good every once in a while, and I think it’s healthy to realize that you don’t have to eliminate everything from your life that you enjoy to take on another form. Right now, I am trying – only trying because Gluten is apparently everywhere and in everything – not to eat it until I ‘reset’ my system. I need to pump my body full of good healthy food, and protein, in order to build up the weaker areas of myself.
Books On the Subject:
For The Delicious Wheat
I mean, that is from Harvard. Lots of smart people up there in Harvard. So because they say that it is good to eat whole grains, it must be true! This is what we’ve been told from infancy that part of a balanced diet is inclusive of whole grains. But why?
The Whole Grains Counsel states the major benefits of whole grains:
THE MAIN BENEFITS OF WHOLE GRAINS
The benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:
- stroke risk reduced 30-36%
- type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
- heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
- better weight maintenance
Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:
- reduced risk of asthma
- healthier carotid arteries
- reduction of inflammatory disease risk
- lower risk of colorectal cancer
- healthier blood pressure levels
- less gum disease and tooth loss
Well that seems like something everyone wants. I mean those are some really super numbers and bad illnesses to avoid, right? It’s hard to take that information and think that this stuff could be bad for you.
There are many debates around what foods and things you should eat and should avoid. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar in general, Fake Sugars, Carbs, Refined Carbs, Wheat/Gluten, All Grains, Eat Paleo! Eat Atkins! The Dukan Diet! Only eat certain color foods on certain days! Trans fats, saturated fats, fructose, glucose, sucrose. The list will never end. The reason why is because someone, somewhere eliminated something from their diet, and it worked. For them.
I am not discounting the eating of whole grains for anyone. I’m not discounting the elimination of anything for anyone. You do you. If you find that you are able to maintain the lifestyle and health that you want for yourself while eating bread, McDonalds, Ice Cream, and Fruity Adult Beverages – GREAT! I’m Jealous.
I’m trying this out for me. If you’d like to play along, let me know! I’d love to have others to discuss this with. Plus, I’m starting a pinterest board with recipes and food lists. So follow me there!
** Disclaimer – I was not paid for my opinions by any of the sites, authors, or any medical company/professional. These opinions are my own, based on scientific experimentation with my own body in my house. Take it with what you will.