Paleo, Keto, Vegan, SAD- What is the Healthiest Diet for You?

What is the best, healthiest diet for you?

This question is fiercely debated amongst the most knowledgeable nutritionists and physicians, without one clear winner. In this newsletter, I’d like to offer you my thoughts on some of the most popular diets in the United States (and around the world):

1. Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) – Our diet is roundly vilified for being one of the worst in the world. Processed foods, unnecessary chemicals, factory-farmed meat full of antibiotics, dairy packed with hormones, and tons of sugar and salt make this the diet to avoid.

2. Ketogenic Diet – One of the most popular “fad” diets today, is the keto diet the answer to your health problems? Maybe. This is a diet that is high in fat, low in carbs, and moderately low in protein. The goal is to be so carb-light that your body creates ketones which can help your brain function better and aid in weight loss. This diet is being used with impressive results in people with neurologic disorders, like epilepsy, and may even play a part in preventing and reversing dementia. The problem with this diet is the lack of fiber, fruit, and its potential impacts on heart health. I dive deep into the ketogenic diet on the Jan 31st podcast episode: “The Truth About the Ketogenic Diet.” Check it out HERE.

3. Atkins Diet – This diet is high in fat and protein and low in carbs. I consider it a dumbed down version of keto. Years ago, people would follow this diet as a way to rationalize eating a ton of meat and cheese. How terrible! Although it can result in rapid weight loss, it’s very difficult to maintain, and the lack of fiber and phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables is bad for your gut, your heart, your skin, and much more. Avoid!

4. Vegan Diet – This diet is as much an ethical choice as it is a health choice. The vegan diet contains no animal products at all (unlike vegetarians who may eat eggs and dairy). A low fat, whole foods, vegan diet (no unhealthy vegan foods like Captain Crunch cereal) is proven to be the best diet for your heart. It may also be arguably the best diet to prevent cancer. I talk more about the vegan diet on the Jan 24th podcast episode, “How to Reverse Disease Using a Plant-Based Diet.” Check it out HERE.

5. Modified Paleo Diet – A lot of my functional medicine colleagues recommend this diet to their patients and have seen remarkable improvements in gut health, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and more. In general, this diet is low in carbs, gluten-free, dairy-free, and rich in organic vegetables and choice meats (grass fed, free range, wild caught). It also does not contain processed foods. Other names for essentially a modified paleo diet are Dr. Mark Hyman’s Pegan Diet, Dr. Terry Wahl’s anti-autoimmune diet, and Dr. Vincent Pedre’s Happy Gut diet.

Overall, I believe the Vegan Diet and the Modified Paleo Diet are the best diets for your overall health, depending on how you feel about eating meat and your current state of health. Keep in mind that we all process food in our own individual ways, so there is no one diet that is best for everyone.


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Episode #76– Holistic Dermatology – How To Get Healthy and Youthful Skin with Dr. Keira Barr – Our skin is whispering (and sometimes screaming) at us all day, every day. As the largest organ of the body, it tells us all about our underlying physical and psychological condition. On this episode we tackle several important topics in holistic skin care and holistic dermatology, including how the food we eat affects the aging and health of our skin (and which foods are good and bad for it!), whether you should get your Vitamin D from supplements or the sun, supplements to help prevent skin cancer, Retin-A, and a whole lot more.

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