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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.

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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.”

Ahh, all the food you can (?) have

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