Here is my take on the popular diets that I stole bits and pieces
from to create my personal diet.
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
This is how I came up with the amount of carbohydrates I include in my
diet. It's a great starting point for diabetics to understand how the
food they eat affect their blood sugar.
The Diabetes Solution
- Eat less than 30g of carbohydrates a day
- 0g for breakfast
- Up to 6g for snacks
- Up to 15g for lunch or dinner
Law of Small Numbers - "Big inputs make big mistakes; small
inputs make small mistakes." It is easier to anticipate (and
correct using insulin) the effect a small amount of carbs, than it is
with a large amount of carbs.
The Atkins Diet
This is what got me thinking about how to incorporate weight loss
(specifically via ketosis) into my diet.
Dr. Atkin's Diet Revolution (I prefer the original
version over the one that has been recently released.)
- Start out low carb eating any meat you would like, creams, cheese,
etc and small salads (1 cup loosely packed lettuce).
- Every week add back 5g of carbs (from veggies to bread to fruits to
alcohol, whichever you would like) until you stop being in ketosis. Then
dial it back a notch so that you stay in ketosis.
- Once your target weight has been reached, stay on the same diet and
keep an eye out for feeling tired/hungry or weight gain. Re-evaluate the
amount of carbs if this occurs.
The Paleo Diet
This changed my entire understanding of grains, how they are digested and
why they wreak such havoc with my health. The core idea is that certain
foods have been added to the human diet so recently, evolution wise, that
many people don't tolerate them well. The diet attempts to identify which
foods work best for you.
The Paleo Solution
- Cut out any "new" foods such as sugar, grain
(wheat/oats/corn/etc), legumes, dairy, rice, potatoes for 30 days.
- Eat foods that have been raised naturally, e.g. grass-fed beef
instead of grain fed, pastured eggs instead of battery eggs, organic
vegetables, etc. The animals are healthier, producing better food
and they will have a better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.
- Evaluate if you feel better after the trial period and if you
desire, add back foods such as dairy or rice one at a time to see if you
continue to feel great. This process identifies if you personally
can tolerate these foods or if you are better off avoiding X,Y or Z.