I’m not a huge fan of following any diet too closely. I believe that life and nutrition is not so cut and dry, and a good eating plan should be one that you can sustain forever. There are way too many conflicting approaches to diet that all take a different angle, from lifestyle, blood type and body type to religion, tradition and genetics.
The only diet plans I will ever bow down to, are those that are the oldest and most influential, including the Ayurvedic, Taoism, Tibetan and Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches to diet. My advice is to take a little of everything and listen carefully to your body and what it responds to. You can always count on presenting symptoms to tell you what is right for you. The physical signs your body likes the food you are eating are more energy, better sleep, a lighter feeling, clear skin, bright eyes and no physical pain. Emotional signs are happiness, clarity, relaxation, mental alertness and contentment.
Some people feel incredibly inspired about strictly following a diet that makes them feel good. That’s cool and if you truly feel complete then your entire body must want to eat that way. The only way of eating I am consistently strict with is eating a 100 per cent unprocessed and natural diet of fresh whole-foods. I kind of roll in and out of different health plans, depending on what I feel like – some weeks I don’t eat meat, some weeks I do. For a few months I only eat organic and wildcrafted foods, sometimes I try to save cash and don’t. Other times I’m Asian influenced and cook fresh sh and rice for breakfast; at times my diet follows the Mediterranean way so much that I have olive oil seeping out of my pores.
I will quickly wrap things up by saying, enjoy exploring the path to good health, don’t be afraid to mix it up and try new things. Always keep in mind your trusty intuition and precious body knows best; just listen and feel.