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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's a healthy eater to do? Just what the heck *is* healthy eating, anyway?

I have tried many different healthy eating styles during my journey. In tbe end, I make up my own, as I so often do, but I take away a little something from pretty much everything I try.

The best way to eat for YOU is the one that makes the most sense to you & properly fuels your body.

Do you have enough energy to get thru your days?
Do you feel happy?
Do you look forward to your meals?
Do you rarely get sick?

Those are just a few of the questions you should be saying yes to to determine whether or not your way of eating is working for you.

I'm intrigued by the idea of a paleo but I don't really eat much meat nor do I want to. I'm a non-vegetarian who eats mostly vegetarian. The whole Paleo thing doesn't quite resonate with me because I think our ancestors probably didn't eat meat with most meals -- hunting isn't easy. But I'm still intrigued enough by the concept to order The Paleo Diet for Athletes from the library.

I know I won't be going Paleo, but will no doubt flirt with it a bit & keep some of it in my repertoire.

What eating style works best for you?
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    Too true. It's difficult to pick when there's so much stuff being offered up as "Scientific Proof That You Vill Obeh Mee Or DieDieDieDie!" Any time I read something that says "_____ eating is the only way to be healthy... besides our ancestors did it" I suspect the Nazi attitude.

    Had to go look up Paleo diet - and was sad to read the nazi statement in the first paragraph. Like you - I'm going to devise what works for me and follow that plan.
    1945 days ago
    What worked the best for me was making sure I had a mixture of carbs, protein and fat at each meal and snack - adding protein and fat made me less hungry and made my body absorb the carbs slower so it worked well. :) Good luck!
    1946 days ago
    Low on the processed foods and sodium, high on fruits, vegies and lean meats. I think the problem with any "diet" is people view them as something you go on and off of. The key is to find a way of eating you can stick with for life because if you go back to your old diet, you will go back to your old size. I feel bad for people who view healthy food as something gross. I think the most delicious foods in the world are the healthiest as well :o)
    1946 days ago
    When I find an eating style that works for me, I'll let you know ;-)
    1946 days ago
    Thirty years ago there were a few books that were supposed to be "paleo". So this is nothing new. One book, "The Right Way of Eating" maintained that our ancient ancestors did eat meat, but not a lot of big mammals such as Wolly Mammoths or monster buffaloes. Our ancestors ate rabbits and squirrels that could be easily snared.

    So the author recommended eating lots of non-starchy vegatables and small amounts of very lean meats. Fruit was also in the mix. Stuff like milk and grains were not recommended.

    Of course, this "diet" works because our ancient ancestors were 4 to 5 feet tall and needed very small amounts of calories to fuel their lean 80 pound bodies.

    Is there a magic diet out there? I really don't think so.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1947 days ago
    Great points in this blog. Thanks!
    1947 days ago
    This is why the exchange plans make so much sense to me: 2 dairies, 5 proteins, 6 breads, 3+ veggies, 2 fruits, 3 fats, plus 3 extra exchanges and up to 100 optional calories each day. I can have vegetarian proteins, meat proteins, however many vegs I want, and enough to mix it all up in a varied, creative way. If I follow this plan, I am well nourished, period. Paragraph.
    1947 days ago
    I'm with you on this - I investigate all these different things and in the end I do what makes sense for me and what my body seems to need.
    Let me know what you think of the book....
    1947 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I think you have hit the nail on the head...it is all up to what works for each of us in terms of our energy and how it makes us feel overall. I find your blogs so informative!
    1947 days ago
    You may very well enjoy Paleo. It's not a revamp of Atkins. Rather, it's lots of veggies, some fruit, and protein at meals. (Lots of eggs though....). I like it. I actually fell better without the wheat, and most grains. I do have some rice, but only a few times a week. It's not a bad program, and in most part, it's one of the more balanced ones out there. Can't wait to hear what you think.

    1947 days ago
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