Popular Diets to Follow to Get Ready for the Wedding

 
Popular Diets to Follow to Get Ready for the Wedding

There are SO MANY diets out there - different ones come in and out of style. Let’s look at some currently popular ones, and their pros and cons.

1. What are Popular Diets?

Paleo

What’s Allowed:

  • Lean cuts of beef, pork, and poultry

  • Game animals

  • Eggs, but no more than six a week

  • Fish, including shellfish

  • Fruit

  • Non-starchy vegetables

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Oils in moderation

What’s NOT Allowed:

  • All dairy products incl. butter

  • Grains 

  • Legumes / beans

  • Starchy vegetables

  • Sweets, juices & sodas

  • Processed and cured meats

  • Highly processed foods


Whole30

What’s Allowed:

  • Meat

  • Poultry

  • Fish

  • Veggies – starchy and non-starchy 

  • Fruits

  • Fats – e.g. avocado

What’s NOT Allowed:

  • Any type of added sugar 

  • Alcohol

  • Grains

  • Beans

  • Nuts

  • Soy

  • Dairy

  • Processed additives e.g. MSG

  • No fake treats with Whole30-approved ingredients. E.g. cauliflower crust pizza

Gluten-Free

What’s NOT Allowed:

  • Gluten - found in Wheat, Rye, Barley, Malted milk or milkshakes, Brewer's Yeast, some oats

Low-Carb Varieties: Low-Sugar/ Atkins/ South Beach/ Keto

What’s Allowed:

  • Meats

  • Vegetables 

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Fish

What’s NOT Allowed:

  • Fruit

  • Starchy vegetables

  • Grains 

  • Beans 

  • Added sugar

Plant-Based Varieties: Vegetarian, Vegan

What’s Allowed:

  • Vegetables – starchy & non-starchy 

  • Grains

  • Fruits

  • Nuts & seeds

  • Beans & legumes

  • Oils 

What’s NOT Allowed:

  • Animal proteins (can include eggs, fish, also chicken/ meat, etc.) 

  • Dairy products (depends)

2. Pros & Cons

You can (95% of the time) find a study to support whatever benefit for whatever diet you want to follow. So I’m not going to go into those types of “benefits” here. Instead, let’s look at overall pros and cons of following any diet or way of eating.

Money

  • Pros: eliminating nutrients/ food groups can help save money 

  • Cons: Some diets e.g. Paleo, focuses on organic foods —> can be more expensive

Social Events

  • Pros: Easily navigate open bar, appetizer bar, etc. 

  • Cons: Can feel deprived/ feel like you’re not part of the group 

Food Cravings

  • Pros: If you’ve already made the decision to not eat something, it takes the stress out. You don’t have to think: Should I just have a bite? Does today ‘count’?

  • Cons: Feeling of deprivation

Health

  • Pros: eliminating certain foods can help with portion control; weight loss/ management; vitals; feeling of fullness – particularly with lower carb diets

  • Cons: You may not be getting all of the nutrients that you need, e.g.  Anemia (lack of iron) – non-heme iron vs. heme iron; Omega-3s biologically much more available through fish; “Food Synergy”; nutrition is the newest science

3. So What Should I Do?

You have to do what works for YOU, personally. I do caution though, that typically eliminating any food group in its entirety is limiting essential nutrients from your diet

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