There are so many diets out there, each touting their superiority over the others, wowing us with scientific and anecdotal evidence. How, then, do we know which one to pick? Do we try them all? Do we try them one by one, and wait and see how we feel after each? Or do we pick one over the other based on our eating preferences?
One way to narrow down the list is to do DNA and food sensitivity tests, a very individualized approach. These are priced lower than ever before. If we are gluten sensitive, then it’s probably best to avoid it along with most grains. If we do not digest dairy products well, and that is about ¾ of the adult population, then maybe we should slow down all that delicious whipped cream, cheese, etc.
I don’t know about you, but that just hurts my feelings! Yes, I am sensitive to dairy and it is a struggle even cutting back let alone cutting it out. I am also gluten sensitive, and eating too many starchy foods, even healthy ones, leaves me feeling … well … not so good. My recent food sensitivity test did not show I was extremely sensitive to wheat, but I have read the information on Wheat Belly from Dr. William Davis, and I understand that eating it is not in the best interests of improving my health.
Some of my top diet picks (and there are others equally as good) are Wheat Belly/Undoctored founded by cardiologist Dr. William Davis, the Pegan diet (paleo + vegan) by Dr. Mark Hyman, founder of the Functional Medicine department at the Cleveland Clinic, the Paleolithic diet, made popular by Dr. Loren Cordain, a health scientist who specializes in nutrition and exercise physiology, and the Ketogenic diet, by Dr. Russell Wilder who was affiliated with the Mayo Clinic.
It is always a great idea to discuss nutrition with one’s health care practitioners when building health. Make sure your practitioner is up on the latest research.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.