The Truth about Diets

Do I need a diet?

Low-carb, atkins, sugar free, weight watchers, keto, paleo, vegetarian, raw, vegan, carnivore, gluten free, bulletproof dukan, low FODMAP, fasting, cleanse, whole30, flexitarian, alkaline, jenny craig, juicing, ayurveda….

Holy moly. Its enough to make your head spin and head to McDonalds, isn’t it?

In my experience, there is no one “diet” that suits everyone, and no single way of eating that will serve you for life. I know there are a lot of pitfalls in fad diets, that the current SAD (Standard American/Australian Diet) serves noone, and that yoyo-ing on and off diets negates results. 

I also know that any diet that is rich in fresh vegetables and produce is a winner, and anything that relies on packets is not. 

Do you need a diet? Absolutely not, in the sense of choosing a fad. 
In terms of making choices around what you eat, then yes – you need a direction and purpose in your decisions around what goes into your mouth.

 

As a PreKure-qualified Health Coach, I choose to follow the following guidelines for eating. I chose PreKure because their philosophies aligned with my beliefs, and their guidelines all make SENSE to me. Sometimes, common sense really does trump!

PreKure Eating Guidelines

  1. Enjoy nutritious foods every day that are whole and unprocessed.
    • Choose vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, seafood, poultry, pork, organ meats, dairy, nuts, seeds, legumes, as tolerated.
    • Favour traditional oils, fats and spreads over refined and processed versions.
    • Keep total sugar, especially added sugar to a minimum in all foods and drinks.
  2. Purchase the majority of your foods that don’t come in packages; if you do buy packaged foods, choose items with less than 5 ingredients.
  3. Choose mostly locally grown food.
  4. Choose ethically sourced food where possible.
  5. Plan your time to make food and eating important in your life.
  6. Prepare, cook, and eat minimally processed traditional foods with family, friends, and your community.
  7. Eat your meals slowly and consciously, with no distractions.
  8. Enjoy treats on special occasions and without guilt.
  9. Keep well hydrated: Drink water mainly, and other drinks with minimal or no added sugar.
  10. Keep more than half of your week alcohol free. Don’t drink if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

 

The scientific evidence is overwhelming: all processed foods are not great for our health. In addition, wheat and sugar don’t serve us. 

Whether grains, dairy, fruit, meat work for you, is a personalised decision. 

As a PreKure Coach, I believe in low-carb whole-food eating that nourishes you.

Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – produce that is locally grown without chemicals, is the best, but in general, just fill your meals with good produce, and frozen is perfectly fine!

If you choose to eat meat, choose free-range whereever possible.

High fat dairy, such as cream and cheese, is lower carb than milk. Dairy can be inflammatory for some people. 

Grains can be inflammatory for some people while others tolerate with no issues. I always reccomend people try cutting wheat/gluten to see how they feel.

High fat, low carb, or Keto diets, can be better approached as a whole-food low carb HEALTHY fat journey.

Need more guidance?

The What the Fat? range of cookbooks are an approachable start to changing your eating.

I reccomend recipes from Pete Evans if you eat meat, particularly his later keto books.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, I reccomend Revive cafe books. 

In New Zealand, we have access to some more great whole-food authors – Nicola Galloway, Nadia Lim, Two Raw Sisters, Deliciously Ella, Dr Libby, Luke Hines, Kelly Gibney, Buffy Gill, Hannah Horton, Eleanor Ozich, James Wong, Ben Warren. 

So why low carb?

So why low carb?

Our body takes carbs and treats them like sugar. The standard diet is already too high in sugar.

Check out this video from nutrition expert Caryn Zinn

https://prekure.com/journey-low-carb-nutrition/