“Fad Diets” have been a part of the modern American culture for as long as I can remember, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Personally, I don’t like to use the term diet; it sounds like a short-term solution for a long term goal, that being wellness. Managing your weight is not the only component to consider when selecting a nutritional profile (“diet”) to follow. Cardiovascular, bone, muscle, brain, organ, soft tissue, sleep, stamina, sensory perception, and recovery are all components of health to take into account when deciding what to eat and drink. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Simple and direct quote from Hippocrates highlighting the power that food has to help, or hurt, us. Choose foods that lead to wellness, not just the latest diet trending on Instagram or the one that your coworker has been doing for a week and lost 10 pounds.
One of the latest diet trends that has gained much notoriety in recent memory is the Vegan Diet. The premise of Veganism is abstaining from all animal products: meat, eggs, and dairy products, however the spectrum for committed vegans continues beyond consuming and can extend into byproducts becoming goods for use. The pros and cons of starting a vegan approach to nutrition are the following: initial weight loss followed by potential weight gain, reduced risk of certain serious conditions followed by malnutrition in other areas, ensuring consuming enough protein, and being mindful of what your body is telling you it needs.
Long story short, get the facts before changing any aspect of your lifestyle! Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. My opinion: everything in moderation. Find the good in every diet and apply it to your nutritional profile. And remember, exercise is an incredibly important aspect to wellness — it can’t be ALL in the kitchen. What happens in the kitchen is meant to fuel your day’s activities, to fuel your one body, your incredible machine. Don’t lose sight that this moment is your life and it can’t be consumed by food, exercise, work, friends, family, religious practice. It’s about moderation – it’s about balance.
Your heart is the greatest healer of your life. And your soul is the heart of your life. Let’s start living, folks. Today starts now. Until we meet again, this is Dr. Higgins saying, good bye.