Zone, Mediterranean, Paleo, which is best? I have been teaching healthy cooking, doing nutritional consultations and a personal healthy chef for over twenty years. When I began my food/health journey Macrobiotics was the way to eat for good health. It still has great principles which continue to show up in the “celebrity” or “Doctors” latest discovery. I hear so much controversy regarding different ways of eating, it’s almost comical.
But, what I believe is that our foods have been grown with too much pesticides and the use of GMO’s in our food supply is very damaging to our health. The use of pesticides is changing our health. It is seen in the vast increase in celiac disease, cancer and food intolerances that are affecting millions of people. Many people aren’t even aware that they have these food intolerances. Some think they have acid reflux, or IBS. People don’t understand why they have gained weight or how to lose weight until they want to figure out they have a problem. Much of it is actually the effect of eating non-organic grains, corn, soy, and processed foods.
Six years ago I wrote the book Zone Perfect Cooking Made Easy. I was and am proud of this book. However, if I were to write it today it would be different. For starters, at the time I wrote it, the American Diabetes Association was big on Splenda, which I would not use today. If I were to substitute all of the recipes that I used Splenda in I would choose Stevia or organic Agave Nectar. I would use recipes involving buffalo meat, the least saturated, and free range meat. Another change I would make is using more healthy fats, they won’t make you fat (which I state in my book) however, if you were to use more than the suggested amounts in the recipes it wouldn’t hurt you. I would prefer to cut down on the grains and beans. I didn’t emphasize the importance of organic foods because it was written for the general public, rich or poor and I wanted everyone to be able to use the book. My strong preference is to use organic and free range as much as possible in all of your healthy cooking. I also think the 40-30-30 principle is adaptable to different bodies, perhaps for some it is 30,30,40!
The test of whether what you are eating works for you is in answering these questions: Do you have good energy, good mental acuity,(4-5 hours after eating), are you focused, do you have cravings, are you at your ideal weight, do you have any other health issues such as too much acid or alkaline in your blood system? Regardless of what diet you are following, the key is to have balance of all nutrients in your body.
I have been sugar free (since 1973); dairy free, gluten free and red meat free for over 20 years. For my body, and I do believe that everyone has the “right” way to eat for their body type, and activity level; having steel cut oats, fresh fruit with eggs in the morning energizes my body. It feels great eating and I feel great for 4-5 hours after eating. I eat very little grains (quinoa with vegetables and the steel cut oats are what I eat in small quantities) I eat a large quantity of fruits and vegetables, good fats (avocado, olive oil, olives, nuts and seeds)and protein (wild fish, seafood,free range poultry and cage free eggs).
If you are in doubt as to what to eat and what works best for your body, I recommend kinesthetic muscle testing or an elimination diet to find out what foods give you strength and support you and what doesn’t. I do kinesthetic muscle testing with my clients, and if there is doubt I recommend a good elimination diet for 6 weeks to support the findings.
Listen to your body, it will speak to you and tell you what is right. If you are having trouble hearing your body talk, I can help. I am available for consultations. Give me a phone call or send an email so I can help you figure out the best foods for your health. I can also give you recipes suitable for your body.