Monday, February 28, 2011

Types of Diets

It's so difficult to find sites listing recipes and products that your exact intolerances or allergies match.  So, it's good to start your research understanding what kinds of "diets" are out there that could be similar to your needs.

For me, the whole "Clean Eating" term was perfect.  Yes, you can still have cheese and milk in this style of eating, but it's also easy to remove ingredients like that or tofu or edamame, or replace cane sugar with maple sugar, etc.  Soy and dairy is found in so many processed foods, so following a blog or a magazine that doesn't eat anything processed seemed like the perfect starting point for me.

Other styles/diets to consider when looking for recipes and resources that match your diet:
(*Remember, it is so easier to add ingredients to your meal once you have that base!)

Vegan: Eating a plant-based diet.  Unlike a typical vegetarian diet (that doesn't eat meat, poultry, and often fish), a vegan diet will not consist of other animal products: eggs, dairy, and often, honey.

Whole Foods: Consuming foods which occur naturally (nothing processed that contains any type of additive).  You can find a lot of websites and magazines, similar to "clean eating", on eating whole foods.

Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet: This is known as the caveman diet.  "The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. The human race was thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural foods to our bodies." Foods that are not eaten on this diet: legumes (beans, soy, peanuts, etc), dairy, added sugars, vegetable oils, starchy vegetables (potatoes, artichokes, etc), grain and corn, chemical food additives.

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