This world is filled with different people, that's what makes it so beautiful! Different personalities, different opinions, different lifestyles, different choices.
Lets get more specific.
We also have different health issues, need different doctors and need to eat different ways.
I have Hashimotos disease, battle systemic candida and as a result also have had to deal with metabolic syndrome and adrenal fatigue.
I choose to follow the Paleo diet- though I like to use that term loosely for reasons I will expand on.
There is the specific carbohydrate diet, the vegan diet, the raw diet, the vegetarian diet, the basic gluten free diet- I could go on.
Within each diet there is dogma. Just like your angry political extremist, or the the man on the side of the road with a sign that says "God Hates Fags". Dogma exist's in diet plans too. Each diet has its founders, and decision makers that lay out the rules of what it to be eaten and what must be avoided. These decision makers may or may not have the credentials to be creating diet laws- but that doesn't matter, as they are often listened to without question. Each diet will swear to save your life and cure all ailments.
So, tell me. If one of these diets is the true and only way- then why do people feel the need to try their feet into a number of different plans to find the perfect fit? The answer is simple:
THERE IS NO ONE TRUE WAY, EXCEPT YOUR WAY.
Diet plans do have their perks. They offer a marvelous starting point, the often offer lots of recipes to help get you going in the right direction. They allow you the structure to see what works and what doesn't. But, the moment you make any diet your bible, and you believe every statement that the leaders of the diet make- you are asking for trouble.
For those of you like me dealing with autoimmunity you know just how sensitive and reactive our bodies can be. While that can be difficult to live with- it can be a blessing. It forces us to take care of ourselves, or forever be riddled with pain. Within 30 minutes of eating my body is either happy and feeling great OR if I have eaten something that is a problem my joints will start to ache, and my heart might race a little. I know exactly what is good for me. Do I know whats good for you? Nope. I'm not even going to pretend that I do. I can point you in the direction of things to try but in the end the only person that's going to be able to save your own health through trial and error is you!
In the last few years as a recipe developer and blogger I have seen a number of different food trends develop.
One blogger maybe two years ago firmly stated that Xanthan Gum was bad. This blogger is not a doctor, nor a researcher. They are a blogger, and for them xanthan gum was a problem, it caused digestive distress. The fact that is caused issue for them was a legitimate statement. Again, we are all different and different ingredients are going to cause us different problems. While something might work for me, it could make you violently ill.
Soon after this anti- xanthan gum statement was made people everywhere started to question this ingredient. Bloggers began getting hounded if they used the ingredient in their recipes! They were scolded and asked in repetition how to remove it from their recipe. This has happened with a number of ingredients- most recently under microscope is Psyllium Husks.
Please, do yourself a favor and don't instantly believe everything you read. Take the time to test out an ingredient and see how YOU FEEL. Your body is the most important voice to listen to. Use the information you read to act as a starting point, not the end point.
Don't be fooled by the forces of dogma. Dr. Google does not know all. Your diet is not a religion. Be the master of your own body, you know whats best. Don't allow anyone to try to convince you otherwise.
the only Dogma approved in this home, is the kind that comes from those 3 sweet faces pictured above.