Over the years I have probably gotten more questions about diet and what to eat than any other wellness topic.
Well, here's my favorite answer...."it's complicated."
Without knowing one's history including current and past health issues, lifestyle, allergies, how they handle stress and how that impacts their digestion, their core values and beliefs about food (includes how their family regarded food), cultural upbringing and religious observances surrounding food, emotional eating habits, etc it is impossible and would be highly irresponsible to just toss out advice.
What works for someone may not be right for another. I say this all the time, not just because I like you, but because it's the truth. You are unique. There is no one on this earth that is made just like you. This is science.
You are a collection of cells. Your cells are made up of atoms. Atoms are 99.999% empty space. You take in information based on internal factors like thoughts and emotions which send an influx of neurotransmitters and hormones throughout your body and external factors such as environment and interactions. Your cells have been replicating based on this information since you came into existence. The food you have eaten throughout your life span, the food you eat most habitually, and your eating habits play a massive role in regards to your health.
From this point I can go into a variety of views on what constitutes a healthy diet. Considering you are still reading/listening to this blog post I will not take up your time with that, if you're interested in diving deep into any of the bazillion diets and views on what healthy eating is there's a surplus of information to be found through our friend Google.
Before you start deep diving here's what to be aware of on the expedition:
1. If anyone is saying "this is the best/only way" they are bullshitting you.
It may be the best way for them, but it's not the best for everyone and it's definitely not the only way.
It may be good for some of the people some of the time, but it's not good for all the people all the time.
2. Don't let your healthy diet be derived from someone else's medical history.
Many of the fad diets and some of books out there are a result of
A) a person who was once ill, overweight, or unhappy making lifestyle and dietary changes and having great results.
B) Medical treatment for a disorder now used as weight loss strategy. (Example: The ketogenic diet is a longstanding medical treatment for epilepsy)
You can learn a lot from their story and path and incorporate some of the lifestyle and dietary tweaks and take it for a test run, but do not turn off your intuitive reasoning and neglect clear signs from your body such as constipation, breakouts, or fatigue and think the diet is going to miraculously start working for you just as it did for them. Pay attention to your own medical history and what your body is telling you first and foremost.
3. Nourish Your Body. Don't Punish It.
The body does not care for negative self-opinions and if you try to starve it to make it fit your mind's ideal it will backfire and you will be going to war. The key is balance and always always always treat your body with love and respect.
When it comes to the right diet and workout...It may be good for some of the people some of the time, but it's not good for all the people all the time.