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# CleanEating may not be what it seems... Here, t wo food fads are put to the test. Should you bother? Answers below.
Sometimes food fads are j ust that — fads. Discover what you shouldn’t eat
Ask anyone, we love a fad. As long as it’ s trending or on our In sta feed, we need to know about it. Whether it’ s pi loxing, a juice fast, jumper ci sing or trying to alkalise, t here’s usually someone on # TeamCLEO who’d dive right in. So when the opportunity came to spend a few weeks eating through Ins tag ram’ s tr ending health crazes, we just had to know. Sure, it was going to be tough as hell, but we had faith that everything will be all right. Right?
But before you do the same, remember to listen to your body and know what’ s right for you( nothing drastic !) Here, we were guided by a nutritionist , Bannie Williams (thehealthyingredient.com.
au), to help us weigh in on these diet fads once and for all.
FOOD FAD #1: PALEO (THE CAVEMAN DIET)
WHAT IT IS: Based on the way our Paleolithic ancestors ( cavemen) primarily ate before processed and energy-dense food products became the staples of the modern diet. Think: meat, eggs, nuts, low-glucose fruit and veggies. No bread, no granolas. No smoothie bowls.
CLEO’S EXPERIENCE: Just reading about it will give you t he meat sweats. Going Paleo means you’ re required to eat tonnes of meat, and if you are someone who only has it once a week, you are info rare al challenge. Menu planning was tough at the beginning. For the first five days we struggled through most meals. By day six, we were daydreaming of Wagyu. The usual 3pm I ’m- so - hangry dip became noticeably absent and we had serious energy to burn. Hunger was never an issue with this plan—in fact, you will probably be in a constant state of full, so sleeping and pooping like an oversized and extremely over fed baby. Also, for us, from originally having a low- to - moderate sweet tooth, we got intense sugar cravings. You can find a Paleo menu at places like Awesome Canteen, in Taman Paramount.
THE EXPERT SAYS...
THE PROS :“The emphasis of the Pale odie tis on the consumption of natural, whole foods, including low-fructose fruit and vegetables ,” says B annie .“It eliminates wheat and gluten products , grains and dairy ... This is associated with some health benefits such as weight loss and steady blood glucose levels .”
THE CONS :“The elimination of pro biotic-rich foods, like yoghurt and grains, can cause constipation and bowel irregularities. Limiting carbohydrates can also contribute to the onset of intense sugar cravings .”
Remember to listen to your body and know what’s right for you.
FOOD FAD #2: GLUTEN-FREE
WHAT IT IS: For some people, avoiding gluten is more than just a fad, it’ s because their body literally can’t process it. If you suffer from celiac di seas, consuming gluten that’ s found in wheat, rye and barley can have an effect on your intestines. Going gluten-free is excluding foods containing gluten.
CLEO’S EXPERIENCE: This one felt like a total breeze. Even t hough we don’t have a known in tolerance to gluten, after a couple of days, the bloating and discomfort after toast or pasta were absent. Energy and concentration levels felt less like a roller-coaster, but we weren’t as full throughout the day as with t he Paleo diet ( you would be ravenous by 6 pm ). We needed one cheat day after feeling so darn good, so we treated ourselves to pizza. While it was so worth it at the time (# treat yo self ), the next day we felt like we were walking around ina fog. The hard part is that there aren’t many gluten-free bread options in Malaysia, but you can find gluten-free past as from specialty supermarkets.
THE EXPERT SAYS...
THE PROS :“Guess what, these days, the level of gluten in our diets isa lot higher than what it used tobe. As a result, some people struggle to tolerate it. Eliminating gluten is associated with preventing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, like bloating, cramping, diarrhoea and constipation,” says Bannie.
THE CONS :“There aren’t any long-term negative health implications from eating a gluten-free diet. However, constipation can be a symptom if foods high in fib re like bread sand cereals are eliminated from someone’s diet and t hen not substituted properly.”
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