Sunday, December 29, 2013
I am thinking about eating plans. I have a 59 year old running friend who is a nurse and has done great on Paleo. She's lost weight and overcome chronic indigestion. Another running friend who is a personal trainer in her 40's and is in incredible shape follows Furman's "Eat to Live" vegan program. She juices every day. I have a 76 year old running friend and his wife who are "nutritarians", an almost vegan program that has a few non-vegan meals aimed at getting specific nutrients. I have 2 family members doing McDougall, a vegan program designed to get diabetics off meds and both of them have had success. They also eat no oil. All of these people tell me that milk or any dairy products aren't good for you. I have 3 servings of milk almost every day. I've done so good on it, I'm kind of afraid to give it up. I won't say I never have indigestion, but not very often. I made a McDougall bean stew for my relatives at Christmas and it was AWESOME. Honestly, it was my favorite thing on the table. But I doubt that they get enough calcium, protein, or healthy fats. They eat about 70% gains, 20% vegetables and 10% fruit. I recently heard about the book, "Grain Brain" that supposedly blames grain-based diet for the rise in Alzheimers. A few years ago that "good fats-good carbs" message of the South Beach diet really made sense to me, but now I'm not sure. Back in the early 70's Diet for a Small Planet that espoused a grain-based vegetarian diet made sense to me. I gave up meat two times for about 6 months each time, but both times I gained weight.
I am to the point with my eating that I could give up meat or give up dairy or give up grains or give up sugar or give up almost any one thing or even a combination. But I am not sure there is any advantage. I know that SparkPeople's recommendations are based on research. My relatives tell me that such research is largely funded and/or influenced by food companies and is not objective. Wow, do I wish we all agreed on what healthy eating is.
Do you follow a specific eating plan? If so, how did you decide? How committed are you to it and what would make you change?