Breaking Down Today’s Dietary Trends

There are many dietary trends in today’s world. People are eating Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Flexitarian, the DASH Diet, Low FODMAP, Low Histamine, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free...the list goes on and on.

Why are there so many different dietary theories? For starters, everyone wants a plan or a formula- something they can adhere to and eliminate the decisions that pop up every time that it’s time to eat. People are looking for a plan that will help them to be healthier and feel great.

But why so many different plans? So many experts claim that their way is the right way, the only way to eat. We live in a world with so much “gray”, and many of us long for absolutes, black-and-white, right and wrong.

When it comes to diet, we find both black-and-white, and gray; some things that are true everyone, and some things that are true for some but not for others. Sugar? It’s really not good for any of us. Artificial food dyes? Not good either. HIgh Fructose corn syrup? Toss it all, every one of us.

But then we get into the gray. Let’s talk, for example, about grains and beans. Vegans swear by them, and yet the Paleo crowd has sworn them off entirely. These foods contain antioxidants, which are vital for a healthy thriving body. They are also full of fiber, and we all need more fiber. The average American eats about twice as much protein as we actually need, but only half the fiber. On the flip side of this debate, many of us have been exposed to antibiotics, toxins, and other chemicals or medicines that have left our gut health compromised. In an ideal world, we’d all have a balanced gut flora and be able to eat a wide variety of whole, real foods. However, in today’s world of fast food and chemicals, many people suffer when eating the very foods that should make them feel vibrant, such as beans and grains. While beans and grains are full of nutrients, they also feed the opportunistic bacteria that tend to become overgrown when our gut health is compromised. Should everyone eliminate grains and beans? Absolutely not. But there are people suffering with bloating and discomfort who find relief when they reduce or eliminate certain foods from their diet.

Among most dietary trends today, there is a common denominator: they all reduce or remove inflammatory foods from the diet. Removing dairy? Reduces inflammation. Sugar? Same thing. Processed foods? Also inflammatory. Does this mean none of us should ever eat these things? No, but we should all reduce these foods for optimal health.

There is another common denominator: fruits and vegetables. The cornerstone of any healthy diet should be a plate full of vegetables and fruit, recognizable in the forms they grew (fruity pebbles do not count). The one thing that is not disputed is the essential nature of fruits and vegetables in anyone’s diet, for they contain the nutrients we all need to thrive. When anyone takes on a dietary trend that reduces or eliminates fruits or vegetables, I always recommend that they supplement with Juice Plus. In fact, we all need a “gap filler” such as Juice Plus in our daily diets, as it is so hard to get the fruit and vegetables (both quantity and variety) that we need each day.

Dietary trends will come and go. Some will be fads and gimmicks, while others will help people to fix their foundational health and thrive again. What has remained a constant is the need for plenty of plants in our diets. That is a trend you can count, for yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Welcome to The Right Bite

Hello and welcome to The Right BIte! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and spend a few minutes with me. I’d love to share my story with you!

In the Fall of 2009, I was growing increasingly concerned about my digestive health. I had seen GI specialists over the years, but had not had any significant diagnoses or assistance with my digestion. I was told I had IBS, but no one seemed too concerned. When I began to hear about Celiac disease, I was concerned that this might be something I suffered from, so I sought out a doctor who “thought outside the box” and ended up with in the office of an  integrative physician and was given an IgG Blood test.

I am fortunate in that I do not have Celiac disease, but I was diagnosed with both a gluten and dairy intolerance, and I set out to change my diet. At that time, no one really knew what “gluten” was, and gluten-free or dairy-free menus didn’t exist. I decided that if I was going to change my diet, it would would be for the better, so I set out to educate myself on what I should be eating, and why.

I shifted to a much healthier way of eating, with a lot of fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. I felt better! It seemed that I could keep things pretty simple, and my body would thank me for it.

Two years later, one of my children was diagnosed with a gluten and dairy intolerance as well, and at this point I set out to truly overhaul the way our family ate. I got back into the kitchen and started cooking from scratch, without using gluten and dairy. I did my first three-week cleanse in the Spring of 2012, and from that point, I was hooked. I was telling everyone of all of the health improvements that my family had experienced, and encouraging others to make changes as well. In September of 2013 I enrolled with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and started a year-long dive into studying health and nutrition. I opened the doors to my health coaching practice, “The Right Bite”, in January of 2014 and have since had the honor of coming alongside countless people and families to find better health and wellness through healthy eating and better lifestyle habits.

The journey has been a wild one that I would never have predicted. I am so grateful to the many people who have mentored me and encouraged me along the way. I still have so much to learn, and I find daily inspiration from those who have gone before me on the path to better wellness.