What’s the “best diet” for people to follow?
Answer: “THE BEST DIET IS THE ONE YOU ARE NOT ON”
Here’s why: We at EAP don’t believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever.
There are over a billion people on this planet. You can imagine the diversity. But you can also imagine the possibility of a certain commonalities (i.e. we all need water, protein, vegetables, fats and carbs to live). 7
“The most effective eating regimes have more similarities than differences.“
Depending upon certain environmental conditions, we humans have adapted to eating a Physiologically, the human body can do well under a host of different nutritional conditions.
This can be exemplified by look at the indigenous people of the Arctic, who eat a diet primarily high in fat and protein. Whilst, other people have adapted to eating a higher Carb based diet, much like the people in the far east and the south pacific.
SO IS THERE SUCH THING AS ONE, UNIVERSAL DIET?
Answer: Yes & No.
We At EAP feel that there are commonalities / general consensus in terms of the food variety (i.e. water, protein, carbs, fats, vegetables), but where it differs, is how much of each type of food item & the quality of the item, as demonstrated in the above statement. 8
Eating plans make one familiar with several things:
Help control appetite,
Improve food quality,
Minimize & eliminate nutrient deficiencies
Promote safe & consistent exercise,
Raise nutritional awareness.
Which in the end is doing what?…….CREATING GOOD LIFESTYLE HABITS!
“Feed a man fish for the day. He eats for the day. Teach a man how to fish. He eats for a lifetime”
– Chinese proverb –
WHAT DO GOOD LIFESTYLE HABITS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT?
The best habit(s) are the ones that take into account your physical (Body type: Endomorph, Mesomorph & Ectomorph plus the variation between each physical state) and biochemical differences (i.e. health status – the existence of chronic inflammation and/or disease) your goals & your current lifestyle (i.e. which includes, but is not limited to the following:
Physical activity (level, type of sport you are in (i.e. lawn bowling vs. mid-distance etc….), Phase of conditioning you are in (i.e. General prep vs. competition phase), time availability, equipment availability & where you would like it to be)
Life demands (i.e. family, work the type of work you do (i.e. “desk jockey” vs. manual laborer), social)
Dietary preferences & exclusions (i.e. related allergies, religious practices, cultural practices)
Socio-economic level (i.e. can you afford to purchase good quality food in your area)
Culinary experience and knowledge
The current physiological state you are in,
Your ancestral background,
Figuring out what worked for you in the past, at one point in your life, did so because; it was under a particular set of circumstances. 6
Environmental (i.e. climate, pollutants, food availability and it’s relationship to soil quality – Organic vs. Non-Organic)
……… = Overall stress level
CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE, ONE HABIT AT A TIME
Remember… “Old Habits are difficult to break”
It can take roughly 30 days to create a new habit. A habit must impact the individual on several planes (i.e.
physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual) for it to be a “Habit”.
It must be sustainable, attainable, replicable and most of all it must be done over period of time. That is to say that, each habit has a “weight” to it (i.e. physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual), an therefore, care must be taken to implement the Habit(s), so that it is…
“…. Sustainable, attainable, replicable and most of all it must be done over period of time.”
“You cannot ask people to do a “180” w.r.t. their lifestyle.”
BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE DIET GURU’S?
Lets be honest, “Most” of them are there to accomplish several things:
Buy their book
Buy their products
Promote their agenda
They do this by garnering celebrity associations with the “who’s who” the sports / fashion / acting world.
They also tend to take an extreme view point, which feeds into our ego’s need for the alienation of something, so we can brand some foods as “Bad” while others are deemed as “Good.”
SO WHAT ARE THE BEST COACHES?
They are those individuals that are:
Accountable to their clients
Are NOT interested in selling you products
Are NOT interested in you being dependant upon them
Are NOT tied to any one paradigm
Are open enough to embrace a much larger paradigm
Are open to evaluating anything and everything that could work
Are willing to try new methods, even if they go against current beliefs and/or practices
Are willing to express the humility, especially if they make a mistake
Are willing to monitor and adjust the plan
Are willing to ask questions that help them identify the + / – triggers that impact your life.
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