Finding Your Food Path
I’ve been the editor of Better Nutrition for 12 years this month. I’m continually presented with all types of research, books, experts, products, etc. It’s one of the things I love most about this job— I’m exposed to diff erent perspectives on health, and I’m always learning something new.
What I’ve found most challenging— and still do— is how to deal with opposing viewpoints when it comes to food and supplements. There are so many schools of thought surrounding what we should/ shouldn’t eat. And confl icting studies complicate the matter even more.
Our nutritional philosophy is pretty simple— we believe in a whole- food diet that emphasizes the cleanest food choices possible ( e. g., organic, non- GMO, grass- fed). Our recipes are not scrutinized for fat or carb grams, but for the purity of their ingredients. Within this ideology, however, there still exist many contrary opinions.
We want to help you fi nd your own food path amid the diet dissent. That’s why we feature a variety of experts, from The Truth About Beauty author and leptin expert Kat James, who endorses a high- fat, very low- carb diet ( p. 52), to chef and nutrition coach Lisa Turner, who avoids limiting any one food group from recipes ( p. 60).
For example, I know that I’m someone who will never eliminate meat from my diet. I don’t eat meat every day, but I feel good when I eat it, and it doesn’t cause digestive discomfort the way certain other foods do, such as wheat or soy. That’s just my body. I have friends whose lives were changed by giving up meat. They never felt better.
What matters most is how particular foods make you feel, and what your gut tells you. Experience and intuition are the most powerful tools when it comes to fi nding your optimal diet. Here’s to enjoying your food and fi nding peace around whatever you decide to eat.