DIETS AND DEFICIENCIES

How many of us are always on a diet?  You know what I am talking about, right? I mainly here people say “I really need to go on a diet”.  But, what does that really mean?  We eat one way for a period of time and then eat another way later down the road?  Have you ever wondered if one diet works for you but maybe wouldn’t work for someone else?

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Well, I am excited to share with you some amazing truth about diets and some common deficiencies people are having.

There are hundreds of diets that have worked for millions of people.  Every person has a unique physiology and different diets may work best at various points in someone’s life. – Dr. Josh Axe

Remember that nutrition course I am taking?  I’m only two weeks in and I am already learning a lot!  Now, before we go any further.  I am not taking sides on any of these diets.  This is just for informational purposes only.  I will share with you at the end which diet I choose and why. 🙂

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I am going to start with the most popular diet that’s floating around right now and that would be THE PALEO DIET.  Have you heard of it?  I’m sure you have.

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

Real Food                                                           Not Organic focused

Eliminates Grains                                                 Consume Pork and Shellfish

Gluten-Free

Dr. Loren Cordaine is the founder of The Paleo Diet.  It is derived from The Paleolithic Diet aka Hunter-Gatherer from the Stone Age era.

Our next one is the VEGETARIAN/VEGAN DIET.

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

High in enzymes                                                  Carb overload

High in antioxidants                                              No Vitamin B12

Organic focused                                                    Amino Acid Dificiency

The TRADITIONAL DIET is most realistic.  It’s the way our ancestors ate.  Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS searched the reason for the causes of dental decay.  His  assumptions were right – nutritional deficiencies.  You can read all about The Weston Price Foundation and support their cause here.  He believes we should just Eat Real Food!  Things like bone broth, sour dough bread, organic food and grass-fed meats.

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

Real Food                                                             More time spent in kitchen

Historically proven

Easy to digest

Realistic

Probiotic rich

The GLUTEN-FREE DIET is probably as popular as The Paleo Diet right now.  Have you noticed more and more food companies are listing items as Gluten-Free?  Why is it when I was a kid, GF was never even heard of?  I actually was tested and found out I have a gluten intolerance.  That was a few years ago.  I’ve done some research though and I’m finding that it’s not the gluten that is the problem.  It’s what they are spraying on all of the wheat farms and the companies that are putting all of these chemicals in our food.  I have found that if I eat unbromated flour, it doesn’t bother me.  Pretty cool , uh?

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

No gluten                                                           Conventional grains

Less Allergenic                                                     Wrong focus

Doesn’t address the cause

The next few diets are probably some that you never heard of before.  I hadn’t until Dr. Axe went over these in class.

The SCD (Simple Carbohydrate Diet)/GAPS DIET is great for anyone with an auto-immune disease.

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

Easiest to digest                                                   Hard compliance (restrictive)

Nutrient Dense

Heals the gut

The KETOGENIC DIET is great for cancer or Alzheimer patients.

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

Fast fat loss                                                          No carbs

No sugar                                                              Short term

Healthy fat

The CLEAN EATING DIET:

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

Burn fat                                                             Low in healthy fat

Build muscle                                                       Non-organic

Nutrient dense                                                    Hard on the gut

INTERMITTMENT FASTING:

POSITIVES                                                         NEGATIVES

GI System reset                                                   Low fuel

Hormone support                                                 Long term deficiencies

Less calories                                                       Tend to overeat during meals

So, now that you’ve read about all of the diets out there, which one do you choose?  I know it can be overwhelming, right?

I personally eat The Traditional Diet.  I just eat real food.  I love sipping on bone broth or eating as much organic fruits and veggies as I can (budgeting allowed).  I grow a lot of my own so that helps for the most part.

There is also another side to diets and that is Nutrient Deficiencies.  Most of us do not get enough vitamins and minerals in our food so you might need to supplement.

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I learned many years ago from Jordan Rubin, “It all starts in your gut”.  He’s absolutely right.  Dr. Axe stated that “If you aren’t digesting properly, you will be vitamin deficient”.

So what are some of the most common deficiencies?  Let’s take a look:

MALE NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D3
  • Omega-3
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants

*Men eat less fruits and veggies than women and they tend to eat fewer raw and organic.

WOMEN NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

  • Vitamin D3
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin B6
  • Healthy Fats

*Women actually consume more carbs than men.

CHILDREN NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A
  • Probiotics
  • Omega-3

I’m so excited to be able to share this information to you.  Sorry if it was so long, but this is really valuable information.  I thank Dr. Josh Axe for teaching this course and I’m looking forward to the many weeks ahead and learning more about nutrition.

Here’s to your health!

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