Have you been wondering about a few of the popular healthy eating plans you’ve heard about online or in the news lately? It seems like everyone is talking about keto, paleo, Whole 30, clean, and other healthy eating plans. If you’re not already familiar with each eating plan, here’s the skinny on each:
Keto Diet Plan
The Keto—or Ketogenic—Diet Plan is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet that helps put your body into ketosis—or a state where it is burning fat rather than sugar for energy. On the Keto diet, you will avoid grains, fruit, sugar, tubers, and legumes. Instead, you will focus on oils, eggs, meat, fish, leafy greens, above ground vegetables, high-fat dairy, low carb sweeteners, nuts, seeds, avocados, and berries. You can have alcohol on this diet.
Paleo Diet Plan
The word “Paleo” is actually shot for Paleolithic which refers to a time period in our history also known as the hunter-gatherer period. During this time, our ancestors ate what they could hunt or gather, as they had not yet started to plant crops. Those that follow the Paleo Diet Plan avoid grains, dairy, processed foods, beans, peanuts, and sugar. Instead, they focus on healthy, whole foods that have been minimally processed.
Whole30 Diet Plan
The Whole30 Diet Plan is a diet that was created with the thought that certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health without you realizing it. This diet removes the most common foods that cause cravings and inflammation for 30 days as a way to reset your body and your health. You will eliminate items like sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods for 30 days. No slip-ups. No cheats allowed.
Clean Eating Diet Plan
Clean eating is all about being aware of the path your food has taken. You are encouraged to eat foods that are minimally processed and as close to their original form as possible. You will avoid processed foods of all sorts and instead focus on eating unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Foods you should eat more of include grass-fed meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, hormone-free dairy and unrefined grains.
While each of these diets has specific things make them different, the one thing that they have in common is the elimination of sugar and processed foods. Whether you decide to start the Paleo diet or the Clean Eating diet plan, your first step should be to become more aware of what you’re eating.