Eating healthy should be pretty easy – at least in theory. Unfortunately, in a world of endless snack foods, sodas, and sweets, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Even if you can resist all the junk food, figuring out what constitutes a “healthy diet” is also overwhelming.
Something that can help a lot of people is sticking to a precise diet. Popular diet trends break down exactly what you should or shouldn’t eat. These guidelines make it much easier to stick to a healthy diet in the long run.
However, not all diets are created equal. While some are based on science and research, others can be dangerous trends. Before starting any diet, make sure you do your research and check reputable sources.
Below we have listed out some of the most popular diets currently trending. Once you have an idea what diet you might want to try, why not stop by Eric’s Health Food Shoppe to see what healthy food and supplement options we offer. From keto breads to plant-based dairy substitutes, we carry a huge range of healthy, organic, and natural products perfect for any healthy diet.
Keto, short for ketogenic, is a diet based on the science of ketosis. By drastically cutting carbohydrate intake and boosting fat intake, the diet is able to put the body into the metabolic state of ketosis. While in ketosis, the body is able to burn fat rather than glucose for energy – helping with weight loss and helping to manage diabetes.
A keto diet restricts the intake of almost all carbohydrates including grains, sugar, beans, most fruits, legumes, etc. Instead, you will be eating meat, eggs, dairy, and vegetables.
Developed by 2 nutritionists, Whole30 is a popular diet as it requires only a 30-day initial commitment. During those 30 days the goal is to eat only “whole foods” meaning no processed snacks, alcohol, sugar, additives, etc. After the 30 days, you can slowly start reintroducing these processed foods back into your diet.
The Whole30 diet is a great way to lose weight and improve your eating habits. At the same time, it can also help you discover food intolerances and health issues caused by processed foods.
Fasting isn’t exactly a diet but more of rules for when to eat. With intermittent fasting, you can eat pretty much anything you want as long as you only eat within certain time windows. For example, someone might do a daily 16-hour fast and eat all their meals within an 8 hour period. Other schedules include 5 days of eating normal and two days of fasting with little to no calorie intake.
Fasting has been shown to be effective for weight loss and even help with long term health. However, it’s not for everyone and can be dangerous for people with certain health conditions like diabetes.
A plant-based diet, in many ways, is similar to a vegan or vegetarian diet. While many people go vegan or vegetarian for ethical reasons, a plant-based diet is open to anyone who would like to boost their vegetable and fruit intake.
The diet consists of limiting or removing processed foods in favor of whole foods derived from plant sources. There is some flexibility with dairy or meat products but in general, the focus is on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, etc.
The Paleo diet was born out of the idea that we should eat like our ancient ancestors. Paleo, short for Paleolithic, is a diet that requires you to cut out all modern foods. Not only modern, as in the last hundred years, but all foods domesticated over the last 10,000 years.
That means no processed foods but also no domesticated crops like potatoes, beans, grains, oils, etc. Meat intake is also focused on non-domesticated animals so only grass-fed meats or wild-caught fish and seafood.
Exactly how it sounds, the Raw diet is about cutting out all cooked, processed or treated foods. The cut off tends to be any food cooked or heated over 40 celsius or 104 fahrenheit. Instead, foods are prepared by juicing, soaking, dehydrating, blending, or just eaten raw.
The thought process behind the diet is that cooking food destroys vital nutrients. However, this is not based on science and studies have shown that when strictly followed, the raw diet can be dangerous, especially long term.
Eric’s Health Food Shoppe
Get everything you need for your new diet at Eric’s. Our health food shop is focused on providing only the best quality products from keto-friendly snacks to organic meats to plant-based supplements. Whatever you are looking for, we have you covered.