Dial in Your Diet
Thinking of going keto? Or already on a macrobiotic diet but feeling sluggish? Check out our tips for finding (and sticking with) the right meal plan for you.
Yogis are always experimenting with cleaner and healthier ways to eat. Whether you’re thinking about trying something new or already following a popular yogi diet (think vegan, paleo, macrobiotic, or ketogenic), these little tweaks to your meal plan can mean big results for boosting energy, mental clarity, and well-being.
YYou know that your food choices inherently affect how you feel, but with influencers from famous doctors and celebrities to your favorite yoga teacher touting healthyeating fads, it can be difficult to separate the sound advice from the sensationalized Meanwhile, researchers are constantly pumping out contradictory food-health studies, because nutrition science is complicated. And each time you overhaul your diet, it can be a shock to your system—whether good or bad. While no one starts a new diet expecting to feel worse, the truth is that without proper education, customized meal planning, and advice from a qualified dietitian, nutritionist, or healthcare pro-vider, restricting or drastically altering what you eat can put your body at risk for weak-ness, fatigue, anemia, impaired neurological function, and a whole host of other ailments. The bottom line? It's crucial to know and avoid the common pitfalls of popular diets to ensure you're fueling your body with everything it needs—which will better serve you in the long term. You'll also want to be mindful about how well your diet fits into your overall lifestyle. “The primary reason most diets don’t stick is because they simply aren’t sustainable,” says Seattle-based nutritionist Carole Freeman, who specializes in low-carb diets and helps her clients implement long-term dietary change. “With any diet, ask yourself: Are you eating nutrientdense, whole foods that you find delicious? Do you look forward to your meals? And does the diet provide you with hours of sustained energy and feelings of well being?” If you don’t answer yes to all questions, something needs to shift.
In the following pages, we look at four diets that are trending among yogis right now—paleo, vegan, macrobiotic, and ketogenic—and provide expert advice for how to approach meals and supplements in order to feel your best.