A few months ago I watched the video/documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Have you seen this yet? WOW! It was a huge eye opener to me. The statistics were incredible. Especially, considering the cancer and heart disease rates in America as compared to other countries. I was floored by how our food issues and health issues are so closely related. I mean I kind of knew and I thought I was eating healthy, but this was like a slap in the face! Seriously, I have hardly touched any meat since I watched this video and it launched a huge food and diet research event in my life.
I kept coming across all these words that I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what they meant. So, I am here to clear it all up today to the best of my understanding. If you have more knowledge on these subjects, PLEASE share! I am eager to learn more about all of this!
For starters, all of these diets/lifestyles eliminate processed foods. If the ingredient list is a mile long or contains words you cannot pronounce, then it is clearly a very processed food. Boxed and frozen foods are the convenience foods of today and are hard to avoid, but just eliminating these from your menu will provide a wealth of health benefits. Also, go with organic products as often as you can.
1. Clean Eating~ Clean eating probably has the least limitations (aside from processed foods). Basically, it is eating only whole, unrefined foods. So, no processed foods as I just mentioned. No saturated or trans fats. Any packaged foods eaten should have an ingredient list of less than six and you should be able to pronounce those ingredients!
2. Paleo~ Again, no processed foods. Also, no refined sugar, no grains, legumes and probably not dairy. It has been called the “cave-man” diet or the “hunter-gatherer” diet. Eating a Paleo diet includes grass-fed beef and chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables and nuts. Also, only good carbohydrates that come from fruits and vegetables.
3. Vegetarian~ No processed foods and no meat. Some vegetarians eat dairy and eggs and some do not. A vegetarian diet includes vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains, seeds and legumes and may include eggs and/or dairy.
4. Vegan~ Vegan is basically a more strict form of vegetarianism. No red meat, fish or dairy. No refined carbs. Also, no animal by products, such as eggs, honey or dairy. A vegan diet includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, seeds and legumes.
I would love, LOVE to hear your story or experience if you have knowledge on any of these lifestyles/diets. Please share so we can make changes and take healthy steps together! Blessings~ Kelly