The Best Diet Ever – Part 1
By an overwhelming margin the most common question I get is “What is the best diet to follow?”
My answer is always the same: “It depends.”
What follows is a confused look much like a cute puppy that hears a high-pitched noise. You know the one when they turn their head to the side and scrunch up their sweet little foreheads. Anyway, it is a look of confusion, interest, hope and wonder that much like the desire of the cute puppy requires some serious investigation.
The questioner will often re-phrase their inquisition, “No I mean what is the best way to eat to get healthy?” To which I will answer, “It depends!”
Again, the cute and confused look which is now beginning to move to frustration.
So, I give them the second part (and probably my favorite part) of my answer to “What is the best diet to follow?”
“It depends upon the physiology of the consumer.”
I fancy myself as a practical person and practitioner. Practicality makes things easier I believe. Control what you can control I say. Practicality takes some analysis at times. So, because I like to get analytical (in a practical way), let’s break down my answer like a football coach breaks down game film. The answer, “It depends upon the physiology of the consumer”, in reality, really determines the answer to everyone’s original question, “What is the best diet to follow?”
In order to analyze my answer, we can look at the definitions of its’ contents, the words. I have taken the definitions from an online dictionary. The intended definition is in BOLD.
IT:You know what IT means in this instance: IT is the answer for which we seek, or as I like to call it “THE BEST DIET EVER”.
DEPENDS UPON:1: to rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): Children depend on their parents. 2. to be conditioned or contingent(usually followed by on or upon):His success here depends upon effort and ability, or the answer depends uponthe physiology of the consumer. See how I did that? Pretty witty I think!
PHYSIOLOGY: 1: a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (such as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved — compare anatomy. 2: the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process. 3: the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions. To further explain, physiology basically means how you work! More on this in a second.
CONSUMER: In this statement the consumer isYOU, or whoever is asking the question. You know, like when you are asking a question for a friend (but we all know you are asking for yourself!)
So my answer to the question, “What is the best diet to follow?”, is always, “It depends upon the physiology of the consumer!” which means, the best way for you (the individual who is unlike anyone else and whose physiology is working in certain ways) to eat really just depends on how you function, how you digest, how you absorb nutrients from the foods you eat and digest (or don’t digest), how you eliminate wastes, how your system responds to compounds in foods, how your system builds up, breaks down, recovers, detoxifies, produces, excretes, heals, and everything else that the enormous and ever changing cellular world inside of you works (or doesn’t, or doesn’t as well at times as others, or works depending on what you eat, or drink or do. Get it?). I am hoping you are getting the idea at this point. Pretty involved, complicated and deep if you truly think about it. These bodies and systems and cells of ours.
Do you really know what happens inside you? I mean down at the cellular function level? What happens inside all those infinite number of cells that make you be you? What happens inside when you drink a raw juice, eat a piece of fresh salmon, a nutrient dense piece of kale or a delicious strawberry? Hopefully great stuff! If you are capable of doing great stuff. To contrast, do you know what happens in your cells when you drink a diet soda, eat a deep-fried piece of chicken nugget, a piece of cake, a bowl of boxed cereal, a gummy bear, or a Cheetos puff? HMMMMMMM?! When is the right time to start thinking about these things? I think now and always!
Let me give an example: One of the most common complaints we hear is bloating, especially after eating certain foods. Bloating is most commonly a symptom of poor digestion. Poor digestion is almost always caused by poor production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes, which must be released by the parietal cells of the stomach to perform and complete proper digestion of the foods you eat. These are the gastric “juices” you hear about. When you don’t produce enough of these gastric digestive compounds, digestion of the food is inadequate at best. The undigested food has to keep moving through your GI tract. Much like a dead critter on the side of the road bloats up (sorry for the graphic analogy), so does that undigested stuff inside you. Now you bloat up, feel disgusting, probably belch and later start with the gassy “toots”. While everyone gets a good laugh from the musical sounds emitting from your body, it isn’t very comfortable and can be embarrassing if you are in the company of anyone other than 4 to14 year-old boys. Ok, who am I kidding, farts are funny to everyone!
But what else is happening? Think about the lack of nutrition that is being assimilated into your system. Now your body has to begin to make adjustments to try to function. If this continues, overall health suffers. Think about inflammatory signals that are being produced. Think about bad bacteria that can begin to flourish in your gut. So much can go wrong and begin to start the cycle of poor health which leads symptoms and to eventual disease.
If this scenario hits home with you, there is help! But this is exactly what I mean by “It depends upon the physiology of the consumer”. The person who produces poor stomach digestive compounds will struggle eating a lot of different foods, even healthy ones. They may even develop issues with certain foods that are deemed allergies. These are more adeptly termed food “sensitivities”. With the right approach these sensitivities and the symptoms such as bloating, congestion, breathing issues, constipation or diarrhea, muscle soreness, sleep disturbance and brain fog can be eliminated. We have to evaluate them the right way to determine their needs, which may be different from the person who digests adequately.
Now I am not necessarily saying that what you eat causes all disease. But research shows that what you eat definitely plays a tremendous role in your overall health.
Now let’s circle back to the original topic and the most common question I get, “What is the best diet to follow?”
Answer: It depends. It depends upon the physiology of YOU and your current needs.
Now that you are thoroughly frustrated, you have to come back next time for some more answers! Next time we will talk a little more about some of the variables and the best options to implement to get you on the right road to eating your way to better health. Until then, if you are “fed” up with diets that don’t work, stop dieting, and start eating! Contact us and find out how to find out what is best for YOU and your physiology. Oh, and start living like a BOSS!