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.

Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - By Lind­say Tucker

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.

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