Diet-trends

Is Clean Eating Just Another Fad? 

With celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian jumping on the bandwagon, there’s no wonder why clean eating has become so popular over the last few years.

But what exactly is clean eating and is it doing your body more harm in the long-run?

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What is clean eating?

Clean eating can basically mean whatever you want it to; anything from vegan, raw vegan, paleo, or simply sticking to the essentials and eating food in it’s primal, natural state. Unlike other food trends or diets, clean eating doesn’t really have many outlines – it’s more of a ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’ type of approach.

How many times have you been trolling through the Instagram feed and seen a relatively healthy meal with the hashtags clean eating, vegan or foodie under the description? Probably too many to count.

Are there any positives?

Generally, health professionals do agree that clean eating of course has its benefits. Although, most nutritionists will agree that going on any extreme diet won’t benefit your body, since it is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Even though your body might be receiving enough vegetables and plant-based nutrients from a cleaner diet, what about the good fats and natural sugars that this diet often neglects? Especially if you are already suffering from an existing health condition which can have severe repercussions on your overall wellbeing.

Is social media to blame?

The rise of the social media star doesn’t just end with the Kim Kardashian’s of the world. A number of Australian personalities such as FreeLee the Banana Girl and Kayla Itsines, who not only track their own progress online, but encourage it through their eating and workout plans.

Many critics and health professionals have been quick to attack these ladies since they seemingly have no tertiary education about nutrition or health (Kayla Itsines is a qualified, and practising Personal Trainer). With millions of followers between these ladies and a number of eating plans, e-books and diets between them, should we be regulating the online health and fitness industry a little more closely?

Just a little food for thought… What do you think about clean eating?

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March 9, 2015

Would You Try The Primal Diet?

Have you ever wanted to live a cleaner lifestyle by eating what our ancestors ate over ten thousand years ago? These are the main objectives of the Primal Diet, created by Mark Sisson which essentially means that individuals eat food in its simplest form – anything which comes from a box is not permitted.

To some people, this might sound like the Paleo diet. While there’s no doubt that both eating plans promote a healthier choice of food and exercise, their guidelines are actually quite different.

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Primal diet

For a healthy, balanced diet, the Primal eating plan encourages the consumption of animal protein, lots of vegetables, healthy fats, and a few fruits as well. Author and creator Mark Sisson believes that changing your diet can help to reprogram genes and lowers the risk of inheriting certain cancers or even type-2 diabetes.

Foods which aren’t accepted into the Primal diet include all sources of grains, processed sugars, trans fats and hydrogenated fats (butter). Combined with low-level physical activity at least 2 times a week, your body will notice the different almost immediately.

Paleo diet

As we have mentioned in a previous article, the Paleo diet is all about taking your eating plan back to basics. By cutting out the elements of a modern diet which includes refined sugar and trans fats, the chances of inheriting degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, infertility, and depression are also decreased. In case of the Paleo diet – you are what you eat.

Build a solid eating plan which relies on lean proteins to keep the body full, fruits, healthy fats (nuts and avocados), and also vegetables which should comprise the majority of every meal.

What is the difference?

As opposed to cutting out unhealthy fats altogether, the Primal Diet actually encourages the healthy consumption of saturated fats in moderated amounts. Keeping this in your diet (albeit in concentrated doses) will less likely resort in binge-eating or drinking when the cravings hit around 3:30pm.

Would you try the Primal diet?

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December 28, 2014

What is the S Factor Diet?

Would you try an eating plan which only last 2 weeks, and is designed to make you feel happy all the time? The S Factor Diet takes hormones into consideration to make your body feel it’s best, rather than depleting the body of serotonin – which often leads to mood swings and binge eating.

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How does it work?

The S Factor Diet is specially created by Lowri Turner to balance your hormones, and include foods which will have your mind and body feeling satisfied, not starved. In the early stages, you have to participate in a short questionnaire which determines the types of hormones that are causing your body to gain all the extra weight. It’s main objective is to prove that some hormones could actually be the cause of all your cravings!

How long does it last?

A 14-day food plan is all the time you need to get your diet back on track, and eliminate food and drinks which are causing your body to pack on the kilograms. Even though it may seem like a short period of time, there are many tips and tricks you can incorporate into your lifestyle after the diet is over.

What can I eat?

The diet is split into two stages which focus firstly on fat consumption, and then on achieving a consistent weight loss. This basically means that you’ll be eating approximately 1000-1600 calories a day between both phases.

An average day consists three main meals which are mostly high in protein, and will help to maximise your weight loss. Eggs, fish, and vegetables are all important parts of the S Factor Diet, since they control cravings, and leave you feeling full and content for longer.

What can’t I eat?

On the 14 day eating plan, it is advised that you avoid processed sugar, dairy products, and to an extent, foods which contain gluten.

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December 3, 2014

Would You Try The Blood Type Diet?

You wouldn’t believe us if we told you that there’s a diet which is genetically proven to help you lose weight, and keep it off?

We didn’t think so, but there’s been so much hype around the Blood Type Diet, that we’ve decided to pull back the wool and see how it really works to effectively help people lose weight.

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Created by naturopath Dr Peter J. D’Adamo, he claims that the foods we eat are programmed to chemically react with our blood type – whether that is an O, A, B, or AB. He suggests that if you follow a strict diet which corresponds with your own blood type, then this will lead to easy weight loss, and boost your energy.

“There had to be a reason why there were so many paradoxes in dietary studies and disease survival,” why some people lose weight and others do not on the same diet or why some people keep their vitality as they age, and others do not, says Dr. D’Adamo. 

Sounds pretty good, right? The diet was created on the basis that your blood type requires a certain code to work it’s best, and this involves eating the correct foods, and participating in the best exercise possible.

How does it work?

While there haven’t been any conclusive studies showing the effectiveness of the Blood Type Diet, it does benefit people who suffer from high-cholesterol. For the most part, they are encouraged to follow a low-fat diet which helps the heart and entire circulatory system work better.

What can I eat?

The Blood Type Diet is broken down into four different categories, which D’Adamo suggests leads to a smoother weight loss journey.

Type O

The universal donor is encouraged to follow a high-protein diet which relies heavily on the consumption of fish, poultry, lean meat, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy.

Type A

People with an A blood type best benefit from a meat-free diet, which is instead substituted with plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains which help to regulate the body. Try and remain as organic as possible, and buy fresh as often as possible.

Type B

The Type B blood type gets a little bit complicated, with D’Adamo suggesting that people with this blood type avoid corn, lentils, tomatoes, buckwheat, peanuts, and even sesame seeds. Instead, it’s best to stick to a plant-based diet, with lots of green vegetables, with some low-fat dairy and eggs.

Type AB

People with an AB blood type are advised to avoid caffeine and alcohol since this could interfere with the low acid in their stomach. Instead, it’s best to have a diet which focuses on seafood, dairy, and even green vegetables which can regulate this problem.

How can I start?

Before starting this diet, you have to find out your blood type (if you’re not aware of it already), and this can be achieved with a simple blood test. From there, you can discuss with your doctor the various risks of cutting out certain food groups, especially with blood types such as O, A, and AB which involve a lot of effort.

The diet also suggests that you should take part in exercises that also benefit your blood type. This includes yoga for A, and jogging for O.

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September 26, 2014

What Is The Paleo Diet?

The palaeolithic diet is something that I first heard about on blogs and on my Instagram feed. Everyone was raving about this diet that’s been around for centuries, which quite literally means you eat like a caveman. You’re looking to eat foods which are primarily raw, no cooking involved for the most part, and almost certainly nothing with added preservatives. This diet has skyrocketed over the last few years, and has been dubbed as an easy way to lose weight, since it’s a complete change of lifestyle.

What you can eat

Otherwise known as the ‘caveman diet’, paleo relies on a few major food groups to take in all the nutrients you need. Stock up on a variety of fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts and fish. While the diet focuses on raw eating, it does allow eating cooked meat and fish products every once in a while.

What you can’t eat

Bid adieu to snacks with refined sugars and any processed foods you can think of. These are harmful to the body, and you will notice a significant drop in weight loss when they’re cut out completely from your diet. Dairy is also another no-go since lactose isn’t well tolerated by many people. Lactose can cause bloating, indigestion and terrible stomachaches for many people so it’s best to stay away from it if you’re already feeling any of these symptoms. Almond milk is a great alternative for anyone looking to wean themselves off of milk altogether. Grains and beans are also not accepted in the paleo diet, since they are not a gluten-free alternative and don’t promote a healthy lifestyle.

Benefits

There are many benefits if you choose to adapt the palaeolithic diet as part of your everyday lifestyle. Not only does it help shed any additional weight loss from processed foods, but it promotes stable blood sugar, reduces allergies, acts as an anti-inflammatory, contributes to clear skin and balances out energy throughout the day. This diet is ideal for anyone suffering with coeliac disease, since it promotes a gluten-free lifestyle.

Problems

You would have to be quite serious about changing your entire lifestyle to suit this diet, since there is absolutely no room for sweets, chocolates and dairy. If you’re just starting out and want to adapt a healthier eating plan, use the paleo pyramid as a guide. It will be harder to cut sweets out altogether, and rather think of it as a gradual process by first eliminating just a few sugary treats. This will reduce the chance of snacking on fatty foods in the future.

Would you incorporate the palaeolithic diet into your lifestyle?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 27, 2014