The debate of whether raw, vegan, paleo, high fat-low carb, low fat-high carb, Atkin’s, fruitarian, macrobiotic etc. is better, is a complete waste of time at best. Our body is constantly evolving and changing depending on our phase in life, environmental triggers, toxic exposure, stress levels, age – and obviously also our gender.
The type of thinking that one macro-nutrient group is bad, or needs to be cut for all people, is overly simplistic.
We have different needs depending on our current health state.
I.e. if you have adrenal exhaustion and cut carbs drastically, you will further accelerate adrenal burn out – and that will lower your metabolism and lead to weight gain in the long run, regardless of whether you experience a weight loss in the short run.
Note that a high carb diet, such as most raw, vegan and fruitarian types will also exhaust adrenals, leading typically to a short burst of feeling better as you clean up your diet, but then providing no fuel for hormone maintenance and stable neurotransmitter balance.
Often leading to an almost overnight metabolic shut-down, where people suddenly experience brain-fog, depression, no sex-drive and weight-gain.
Yet they are eating the same foods as they have been for the last couple of years – but suddenly their body just can’t take it anymore, the adrenals shut off. Your adrenals are like your body’s batteries, so this is pretty bad news, obviously.
What we are looking for shouldn't be food religions and quick fixes.
And we should all be flexible enough in our eating habits to accommodate our biochemistry needs regardless of fitting into one specific type of fad-diet. Don’t get me wrong though: I get it. We are humans and we like systems, rules and black-white thinking. We like to understand everything. We like to put things into boxes and label them. And if something doesn't fit in that box, well, then there must be something wrong with that item.
All this overly emotional attachment to one diet regime is very concerning.
Why is it so important to promote one single diet as the cure for all, when it is obvious for anyone who has studied biochemistry that food will speak differently to different genes and have a different outcome depending on the engine it is put into. Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that humans are different – we think different from one another, we function differently, and we like different foods.
We know that women are biochemically very different from men.
Not that our significant others were ever in doubt, but hey. Women require a different balance of serotonin, estrogen and oxytocin to thrive in the skin they are in. Most diets simply don't cater for this hormonal difference. Which is quite frankly a disaster in the long-run, because women will often eat a diet made for men to men - and this screws up our hormones and appetite/hunger switch big time. Why we see significant more women than men struggle with carb cravings, eating disorders and weight loss resistance.
Every health issue and disease presents unique biochemical patterns, where foods need to match that to truly work for it and not against it.
There is no one solution, apart from beginning to learn your body and biochemistry and match that with the right strategy for YOU.
When we begin to listen to our bodies – tap into that body-mind-soul connection, there is a lot of inner wisdom that will shine through, that we can use to adjust our foods to match how our body and mind is feeling – based on our own body’s feedback and perhaps some lab testing to understand our current biochemistry a bit more in-depth. When we truly thrive on what we eat, we have found our perfect formula and not some one-size-fits-all that wreck havoc on our body constitution and compromise our health.
Food is pleasure, food is love - and embracing diversity and our uniqueness, is allowing our soul to grow and our body to heal, bite by bite.
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