Monday, April 30, 2012

Diets or Fasts - Raw, Vegan, Macrobiotic, locovoire, carnavoire, how do you choose?

Is there a right way to eat?  The perfect diet for optimal health?  Will the raw diet heal you, or another diet injure you?  What about fasts.  Should you fast?  how often? Is it a great way to kick start some weight loss or a recipe for later weight gain?  These are just some of the questions I frequently get asked.

Of course I don't feel that one diet fits all. Usually when someone makes a big change from a standard American diet to something like macrobiotics, vegan or raw, they experience such profound shifts and energy that they think it's this way or no way and everyone should be doing this thing.  I was one of those people.  I wanted everyone to experience the benefits I was getting from each change in preparing and eating simple foods.

I have done numerous cleanses and different fasts work for different things.  The best all around cleaner is one like Dr. Shulz's herbal formulas.  What I like about them is the power of his organic herbs to go in deep, pushing out a lot of old gunk and grim.  Fasts and cleanses are not a substitute for good clean eating day in and day out.

Your body type and past eating habits will determine what might be the optimal route for you to take.  Someone who has eaten a lot of meat in the past could feel better to eliminate it for a bit or cut way down, where as someone with an ectomorphic body type feel lousy with something with too much oil and raw components and feel better with some animal food.

For most people there is a deeper enjoyment from understanding what different foods do for them.  When you know the difference you'll get from kale or collards, rutebega's or turnips, winter squash or crookneck, you'll be able to refine your choices to eliminate the need for deodorants, mouth wash, pills or lotions.  You still might enjoy products, you just won't need as much of them.  You'll save money, have better health and look fantastic for the rest of your life.  I never had to worry about weight again.  My health soared and I have more time for other things.  Investing in what works.  I figured out the hard part so you don't have to.  Instead of sticking to a diet you found or a book you read, go find someone who can guide you to what works best for you.  There are a lot of options and for most a blend is the right choice.

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