There are a lot of different diet trends buzzing around, so it can be hard to know what’s really best for you. So we’ve broken down three popular diets to help you make more informed choices.
The Ketogenic Diet (Keto for short), is similar to the Paleo diet in that it is a naturally high protein, low carb diet. The goal of the Keto diet is to get the body to burn fat as a source of energy instead of carbohydrates, a process called ketosis. Keto is known for its emphasis on eating lots of healthy fats (think: eat fat to burn fat). While Keto eliminates entire food groups, like whole grains and starchy vegetables, it incorporates lots of foods high in essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Here are some examples of what you can and cannot eat according to the Keto diet:
What You Can Eat:
- Low carb vegetables, such as spinach, asparagus, zucchini, and spaghetti squash
- Dairy, such as Greek yogurt and cottage cheese
- Meat and Poultry
- Coconut Oil
- Nuts and seeds
What to Avoid:
- Starchy vegetables
If you're interested in putting this way of eating to the test, try this delicious Baked Mustard Lime Chicken recipe by Elana's Pantry
An elimination diet is aimed at figuring out if you have a food intolerance by eliminating one or more food groups for 20-30 days at a time. There are various ways of approaching this way of eating. In some programs, such as the Whole30, you must eliminate all food groups that are connected to digestive issues and inflammation, such as gluten, grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and soy. A less drastic way of approaching this diet is to eliminate one food group at a time. If you experience discomfort after reintroducing the food group, it may be a sign of a food intolerance.
There is no one universal example of an elimination diet because it depends on every individual’s body. However, if you are looking to take a Whole30 approach, we love this BLT Breakfast Salad recipe.