The problem today is that many people, coaches, nutritionists or “experts” are telling us what diet is best for our families and what nutrition is best for our kids.
With all of the information available on the internet today, we are more confused about nutrition and health than we ever were. Back when I was in junior high school, people only knew of one diet which was implemented in schools. Everyone followed the food pyramid, the one that says to eat your dairy, veggies, fruits, healthy carbs, and meat protein on a daily basis. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I started hearing about vegetarians, vegans, paleo, and plant based diets. I’m sure those diets have existed for decades but I think they never became too public or popular until social media existed. If we wanted to learn about these diets before, we would have to go to the library and research them because that’s the only place where this information was readily available.
Now…nutrition and health information is all over the internet, especially on social media. We have all kinds of people, certified or not, giving advice on diets and fitness. Then, we have people sharing on social media everything from the protein powders they take, to the foods they eat, workout routines, and the supplements they take. BUT if you’re looking to get on the healthy path, all of this information is very overwhelming. Then, you have those people on social media who are just looking to sell a product without doing any research and testing it out themselves. Yup, that may confuse you even more. That’s how I felt for years. I didn’t know where to start or what diet to choose. I came across the paleo diet, vegan diet, vegetarian diet, fully raw diet, and the plant based diet. WOW! So many diets to choose from. I thought to myself which one is the best or the healthiest? Which one is right for me?
Too Many Diets Out There
One day I decided I needed to improve my health and my family’s health. I started doing research and trying out food recipes and workouts that suited our family’s needs and our schedule. I took pieces from everything I learned and came up with a diet that was best for my family. I learned about being vegetarian from Russell Simmons, how to live a fully raw lifestyle from Fully Raw Kristina, following a plant based diet from Mind Body Green and how to live a more natural, drug free, healthy, and green lifestyle from Dr. Mercola. Each of these wellness advocates follow a different diet. They each chose a diet that suited their lifestyle and met their health needs. They are all very healthy and live very healthy lives.
Although they each provided different advice on food, they all had something in common…eat more fruits and vegetables. That’s what I did. I took their advice and started testing with my own family.
What I learned vs what I did
- Everyone said smoothies were great because of the fiber. I went with juicing because my son and I preferred liquid rather than thick smoothies. I still use fruits and vegetables and I get my nutrients from the juice.
- Everyone said not to consume cheese if you’re a vegan. But I wanted to still have cheese in moderation so I started buying organic grass fed cheese. Do we eat it every day? No. We eat it twice a week.
- Everyone said not to consume too many fruits because of the sugar and calories. But I love fruits and they have lots of minerals and vitamins so why wouldn’t I? It made sense to me to eat more of nature’s foods rather than processed foods. My son and I eat about 3-4 fruits a day and we are healthier than ever. Now if you have diabetes, you may have to speak to your doctor about your fruit intake before adding more fruits to your diet
- Everyone said that meat is needed to get your daily protein intake. I questioned this and began researching ways to replace protein with nature’s food such as fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Little did I know that there are plenty of foods that provide protein such as dark leafy greens, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, brown rice, quinoa, nuts, tuna, and seeds such as hemp seeds, flax seeds ad chia seeds. I decided that the best choice for my family was to permanently eliminate meat and add healthier foods to our diet. We wanted foods that made us feel alive.
Are my alternatives still healthy? Yes. Do they meet my health needs? Yes. A plant based, juicing and vegetarian diet was the best for my family and I.
If you’re feeling like you need a change and you want to get you and your family on the healthy path but don’t know where to start, here’s the advice I would like to give you. Choose a diet that works best for you and your family NOT what everyone thinks is best for you. Decide which diet:
- Has healthy choices
- Is within your budget
- Is tailored to you and your family’s health needs
- Is going to help you achieve your health goals
- Is based on your family’s availability to cook and meal prep
Don’t make a decision based on what others think is best for you. Only you know what your family needs. You are the only person that can decide what diet is best for you based on your schedule, family status, work, and other circumstances that play a big part on making these decisions. Customize any diet available today and make it your own.
Thanks for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Start taking action today to become a healthier you and get your family on the right path! Remember MOMS, we are in full control of our family’s health.
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