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Dying to Find the Right Diet for You?

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By: Brooke R. and Olga G. November 2, 2017

In today’s world, we live among an abundance of options to choose from when it comes to the foods we eat. There are many factors to consider when making this daily decision, whether it is based on lifestyle, allergies, or even your blood type! We get that there is a lot of hype surrounding some of these avenues as well, but they all have their benefits!

Although we are not doctors, we are definitely informed wellness advocates who do know that no matter the route you take, having plant-based options weaved throughout your day to day is still paramount. Fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and all the essential nutrients like not many other food groups have the ability to do!

Some ways you can navigate the sea of options would be through either trying an “elimination diet”, a cleanse, or checking with your physician. Some diets may be temporary to fulfill a certain goal, others are lifelong and represent a life that feels more balanced and supported. Even trying out interesting online quizzes like this one (linked) by BBC to show whether you are more of an emotional eater, feaster, or constant craver.

All in all, we hope that your aim is to live not only a long life, but a great quality life. If you are wondering what Raw Republic can do for you on your health journey, just step foot inside and ask our amazing staff how we can serve you what you need!

 

  • Vegan / Vegetarian

    Vegans and vegetarians are similar in the case that they both are diets that do not include meat. One of the main differences is that vegetarians have more flexibility in whether they choose to include either dairy or some fish (pescatarian). Vegans can also decide on whether they do not want to consume honey, or even use lifestyle products that have anything to do with interfering with animals (such as using products made from leather). There are also raw vegans, who will not consume anything cooked at a temperature above 118 °F (48 °C). A raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and nut pastes, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and fresh juices.

 

  • The Western Pattern Diet

    is a modern dietary pattern also associated with the American culture that is generally characterized by higher intakes of red meat, processed foods, fried foods, butter, high-fat, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup, high fat dairy products, eggs, refined and processed baked goods, high starch like white potatoes, and high-sugar drinks and candy. The modern Western pattern diet was brought about by fundamental lifestyle changes following the Neolithic Revolution, and later, the Industrial Revolution and has been shown to have the most devastated impact on our overall health, by having not only a direct impacting our bodies but also causing health issues through pollution in our environment.

 

  • Healthy

    is consumed by the Western populations with  higher portions of fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, eggs, poultry, and seafood. Individuals on this diet restrict portion size and attempt to consume leaner cuts of meat, poultry and fish, as well as emphasize fat free food consumption. They also practice restriction on refined sugar and processed foods.

 

  • Blood Type

    based on the notion that blood type, according to the ABO blood group system, is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet since it represents a different evolutionary heritage in the individual of a particular blood type. It was created by naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo where he recommends a distinct diet with selective food choices for each blood type. “Based on the ‘Blood-Type’ diet theory, group O is considered the ancestral blood group in humans so their optimal diet should resemble the high animal protein diets typical of the hunter-gatherer era. In contrast, those with group A should thrive on a vegetarian diet as this blood group was believed to have evolved when humans settled down into agrarian societies. Following the same rationale, individuals with blood group B are considered to benefit from consumption of dairy products because this blood group was believed to originate in nomadic tribes. Finally, individuals with an AB blood group are believed to benefit from a diet that is intermediate to those proposed for group A and group B.”

 

  • The 80/10/10 Diet (fruitarian)

    is a low-fat, high carb (mostly derived from fruit, some leafy greens and selective vegetables) raw vegan diet developed by Dr. Douglas Graham, a raw foodist, retired chiropractor and former athlete. 80/10/10 literally means you consume 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein derived from raw vegan food sources.

 

  • Ketogenic diet

    the classic therapeutic ketogenic diet was developed for treatment of pediatric epilepsy and is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet. “The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis which helps with epilepsy. Being that the diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates for energy, it results in weight reduction.

 

  • Paleo

    A diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, while excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.

 

  • Kosher

    Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Food that is not in accordance with Jewish law is called treif (meaning “torn”), such as: pork, shellfish, meat & cheese eaten together.

 

  • Gluten-free

    Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease.

 

  • Whole 30

    For 30 days, you can consume meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and oils, nuts and seeds. No added sugars, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.