Exploring the Health Benefits of Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan and Keto Diets

If you’re active on social media, you’ll be very aware of how many people are more focused on following healthy lifestyles. There seems to be more awareness, more options and more acceptance surround changing diets, and eliminating certain food types and ingredients from daily diets.

That being said, one minute social media can inspire us and teach us about eating habits, like ditching meat or using dairy alternatives, and the next it can confuse the hell out of us. You may read somewhere that coffee and a glass of red wine are good for us due to their high levels of antioxidants, but then the next, we hear that a wine a days is seriously bad.

What you need to remember is that a lot of these ‘statements’ are generic – every body is different and what works for one person, doesn’t always work for other. The important thing is to concentrate on your own body, and notice what foods seem to boost your health and well-being, and what foods or lifestyle traits seem to play havoc.

When you start to pay attention to your relationship with food, your health and your mind, you’ll find that’s when people make the switch to gluten-free, vegan, keto or paleo diets.

Of all the diets and lifestyles, veganism seems to reign as the most popular. Many people are finding that a heavy meat based diet can cause fatigue, and others are just becoming more culturally aware of cruelty to animals. While there are many benefits to switching your diet and lifestyle to follow the Vegan way of life, it’s worth remembering that the switch doesn’t always suit everyone. It can highly depend on your blood type, ancestry and activity levels in regards to how you’ll react to the diet changes and what each body requires to perform to it’s best ability.

If you’re currently in the middle of the changing to a Vegan diet, or you’ve just started, it could be worth looking at vegan testing to check whether it’s the right move for you and health. There are some real in-depth tests nowadays which look into all animal-derived food allergies, including looking for proteins and amino acids that make up many meat, dairy, and seafood products. There are 38 different tests included in this panel.

So let’s take a look at a few of the most popular diets right now in 2020, and what they’re all about. Have read, and while you do, take a think about which one’s seem right for you.

Gluten-Free

Gluten-free diets have become incredibly popular in the last few years. If you do Gluten Free properly, your diet excludes the proteincalled gluten, which is found in grains like barley, wheat and rye. It kind of acts like a ‘glue’, which is why foods without gluten can taste a little chalky and dry.

Foods high in gluten include beer and breaded items, so yep, those soft buttery croissants are included here! Many people choose a GF lifestyle to eliminate feelings of bloating, skin problems, digestive problems and brain fog. Luckily, nowadays there are many extensive ranges of GF foods in most supermarkets. But if you’re a carb lover, you might struggle at first to get used to the non-stodgy, comforting textures of foods you most enjoyed!

A gluten-free diet is key if you’ve been diagnosed as Celiac, or have sensitivity to in your gut. Ideally, a GF diet means a lot of real, whole foods, ensuring you get a lot of nutrition through fiber and vitamins. Those who are a sucker for carbs could try getting into consuming oats for breakfast, brown rice, baked potatoes and quinoa.

Vegan

Veganism is fast becoming one of the most common diet and lifestyle changes At one point, turning vegan was associated with no cheese alternatives, soya milk only, and a strict vegetable heavy diet. In today’s modern world, we are now spoilt with Vegan options of burgers, cheese, chicken, cream…. you name it!

A true Vegan diet avoids all food and products with an animal origin including eggs, dairy, and even honey. It also means that strict Vegans will avoid wearing leather, or anything else derived from animals, like cosmetics and beauty products.

The reason people opt for veganism for a couple of reasons including animal rights, environmental issues, and health benefits.

It can be a pretty massive change to your life, so it could be worth assessing your vitamin and nutrition levels either before or during the change to Vegan, to make sure you can identify any deficiencies that you need to keep an etye on.

The reason it’s becoming so common these days is because from an environmental and animal rights perspective, going Vegan has many positives. It’s no rumour that the meat industry is causing havoc on our environment and the treatment of animals for food consumption can be a little scary.

If you’re aware of this but can’t give up meat, then there are other options you can follow. Try to shop organic and local when you can, and overall, be aware of where your meat and dairy is coming from.

Paleo

You may be familiar with this from the term the Caveman Diet, as it really is a diet that strips things back. Paleo is based on a protein and healthy fat diet that removes all grains, legumes, hydrogenated oils, and dairy. You’ll find alot of people who do CrossFit take on Paleo diets as the protein and fats can contribute to strength and energy.

The idea is to focus on removing any processed foods, so that we eliminate toxicity by reverting back to the way our ancestors ate. It’s also been raved about for it’s lean muscle building results and increased consumption of iron, as a lot of those on Paleo diets eat red meat.

We’re a nation who consume way too much processed foods, and especially those high in sugar. No one can deny this way of life is just plain bad for you. Those who think they are eating healthy by consuming protein bars or peanut butter will probably be surprised at the actual amount of hidden sugar they are consuming.

Ketogenic

A keto diet is more of a recent one, which focuses on a high-fat, low-carb, low-sugar diet. Think of a diet rich in cheese, olive oils, butter, coconut oil, avocados, dark leafy greens, good meats and fish, above ground vegetables, and raw nuts and no high sugar fruit like bananas.

Keto diets are said to fight off chances of developing neurological diseases, as well as helping with lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Many people whp have struggled with low fat diets to lose weight turn to Keto in a bid to promote weight loss and still get to eat some of their fatty faves.

Overall, on the Keto diet you’ll get high quality protein, decreased sugar rushes, and more good for you fats. I’m not a real expert on this diet so it could be worth having a bit of a research online about it – there is tones of information out there.

Deciding on what type of diet is right for you depends on your own goals and aims, along with your body type, diet preferences and health issues. Make sure you have fully understood your health first – anything underlying that you’re not aware of could be made worse if a certain food group is missed out your diet.

Vitamin, nutrition and dietary tests are a great place to start, and if you’re keen to do this step first, then I have a special 15% off discount for you which you can find here. then research research research! Let me know if you choose to do one of the tests – there are many different variations available and the results tend to be so so interesting!

For me personally, I’m trying to reduce sugar and potentially look at embracing a low GI diet. I’ve come to this decision after finding out I have PCOS, and am quite keen to reduce inflammation for clearer skin and regular periods.

Wish me luck…

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