How’s your health? Good? I never used to really think about it, now I realise I have to work at it. But how do you know you’re doing the right thing? Are we supposed to eat low fat/no fat/sugar free to avoid stacking on the weight and aid weight loss? Personally I think any food that has come out of a packet with those claims, tastes like the artificial packaging it’s just been taken it out of. I like to take a more everything in moderation approach, and avoid special ‘diets’. If it looks like it did when it came out of the ground or off the animal I’ll eat it. Full fat? Why yes thank you, has to be better than artificial sweetener ‘Acesulfame 950’, does that sound natural to you? Um, no.

But what about diets for good health? I don’t mean the grapefruit diet or the Atkins or anything ‘fad’ related. I’m talk about cancer fighting diets, and health diets that certain schools of professionals from naturopaths to personal trainers swear by. I have been reading about a few of these lately namely, Alkaline, Paleo, and Blood Type diets, all of which seem to make perfect sense to your health.

So I have created a quick guide below to help you navigate the difference between them, which I have listed below:

Alkaline

The main goal, reducing acidity in the body for cancer fighting nutrition. Keeping your body’s pH at a normal 7.35-7.45

Recommends you eat less – processed food, animal protein, dairy, refined carbohydrates, caffeine (ouch!), alcohol and sugar. With soft drink being a big no no at a pH of 2.5 (Battery acid is around .6-.7).

You should eat more – asparagus, cabbage, lettuce, celery, beets, spinach, artichokes, onion and cucumber. Basically, all fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, sprouts, avocados, and olive oil.

Paleo

Often referred to as ‘The cave man diet’ its goal is to eat nose to ground with nothing processed, including bread and diary. Working on the theory that before humans evolved to ground down the wheat to make bread we didn’t eat it, nor are our bodies able to process this food so we shouldn’t eat it. Same story with dairy, they believe that humans aren’t designed to digest cow’s milk.

Recommends you eat less – processed food, dairy (milk, cheese, yoghurt), and wheat/grain products (bread, rice, pasta)

You should eat more – fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and nuts and seeds.

Blood Type Diet

The main goal is to eat for your blood type.

There are no hard and fast rules on what to eat here as people have different blood types. But for a quick over view:

A – flourish on vegetarian foods, soy, grains and vegetables. Eat foods in their most natural state possible.

B – red meat is good for this blood types along with deep sea fish and fresh vegetables. B’s don’t do well eating chicken, corn, wheat, lentils, shellfish, tomatoes, sesame seeds and peanuts.

O – need to eat plenty of salt water fish and poultry. Also alkaline fruit such as berries and plums are great. O’s need to restrict dairy and eggs

AB – recommended tofu, seafood, grains, dairy (yoghurt) and fresh, green vegetables. ABs need to avoid all smoked or cured meats. Eating smaller, frequent meals will aid digestion.

No matter what advice you decide to follow, the common theme with all this is to avoid processed foods, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Which is common sense really. My quickest easiest tip with a busy lifestyle is to pan fry your protein (or Tofu) and toss together a quick salad or blanch some green veges. This quick staple has got me through busy weeks working for a couple of years now, and is a failsafe option. If you’re not sure on what to do for your optimal health I recommend you see a naturopath, acupuncturist or other health professional.

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