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People are confused and for good reason. Should we combine our foods in a particular way? Is it necessary to eat food according to our blood type? Should we adopt a Mediterranean diet? Should we choose an Asian diet and eat absurd amounts of tofu? These are some of the questions asked by consumers who are increasingly interested in improving their health.


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The growing number of books on health and nutrition is both encouraging and discouraging. It is encouraging because it demonstrates a growing interest in a healthy lifestyle and a desire to take care of ourselves salutarily. On the other hand, this phenomenon is also discouraging because more and more consumers are complaining of a growing confusion due to the various nutritional theories that are constantly increasing and contradicting.

What blurs the cards even more is that some people seem to be doing well with a particular diet, while others do not see any major improvement and some feel frankly less well.

Here are some ideas on the reasons for these apparent contradictions and, by the same token, helps to make its way through this labyrinth of information. It is important to remember some rules.


  1. The law of non-contradiction: This law states that something can not be true and false, in the same way, and at the same time. Indeed, of two or more regimes that contradict each other on the same points, all can not be right unless we take into consideration the following rule. On the other hand, we must not forget these two important conditions, "in the same way" and "at the same time".

  2. The ancestral genetic individuality: Our ancestors all had to deal with a particular diet depending on the geographic region in which they lived. The impact of the consumption of certain foods and the exclusion of others for decades, even hundreds of years, will inevitably have an effect on digestive capacity. Let me give you two examples. Asians have a very high ability to metabolize or transform monosodium glutamate or MSG (GMS). Asian food stores sell this product in pre-packaged quantities of up to ten kilos! On the other hand, Europeans and North Americans generally have more difficulty in metabolizing it. So when one of his descendants consumes the same MSG, he can suffer from symptoms that are sometimes called "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome". Asians, like some Africans elsewhere, have a deficiency in the production of the lactose enzyme, and hence have difficulty with the lactose of dairy products.

  3. The factors and biochemical modifications and physiological acquired: At the biochemical level, as much as physiologically, we are the total sum of two components, our genetic background and our way of life. Indeed, our way of life can either potentiate or weaken our genetic capacity. Genetically, someone can be born with robust lungs, but if he or she engages in harmful habits (smoking) or is affected by various aggressors (asbestos), this ability will be reduced as much as the aggressor is concentrated and frequent. Various traumas can also alter the ability of some people to follow an "ideal" diet. A person whose bowel has been repeatedly irritated may not be able to consume the "ideal" amount of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.

  4. Climate and environmental factors: Diet may (and should) differ depending on the season, depending on the needs of the organism or seasonal quality. Indeed, a warmer climate requires fewer concentrated calories than a cold climate. More simple sugars (fruits) will be consumed in a warmer climate and more carbohydrates (grains and root vegetables) in a colder climate. In addition, we must consider the quality of the food we have at our disposal. Despite the fact that fruits are considered as alkalizing foods when they have not been ripened on the tree - which is unlikely for most fruits from abroad - they are less alkaline.

  5. Biochemical individuality: The Nobel laureate Dr. Roger Williams immediately pointed out that in 1955 we all have a biochemical individuality that must be taken into consideration when we establish our nutritional needs. Indeed, our nutritional needs are not all the same and food intake should reflect these differences. This individuality is the sum of the interaction between our genetics and our acquired biochemical and physiological factors.

Basic principles of healthy eating

Habits to favor

The answer to the question "What is the ideal diet?" is therefore difficult to give. The healing food of one can indeed be the poison of the other. Nevertheless, there are some ways to follow in order to find this ideal diet. You will note, moreover, that the majority of health plans recognize and recommend these basic parameters.

Consume foods that are at the bottom of the food chain and increase plant foods. These reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease while alkalizing the body. Try to consume at least 60-70% vegetables at lunch and dinner. But be careful, you may have to increase this consumption gradually - listen to your body.

Consume whole grains most of the time. But pay attention to the possibility of allergies or intolerances to gluten or corn. Increase your intake of vegetable proteins, in the form of legumes, nuts and seeds. Do your best to consume legumes at least four times a week.

Consume 1 to 2 tbsp vegetable oil cold pressed every day, in order to get your basic essential fatty acids.


Habits to avoid

Reduce the consumption of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates. Refined sugars increase the risk of infection. Reduce your consumption of fast food, fried foods, as well as hydrogenated and saturated fats. Avoid artificial additives, whether artificial colors, artificial sweeteners or flavors.


Latest tips

There is an astonishing variety of "health diets", all equally compelling. But do not forget that it is ultimately your body that should give you the answer to whether the diet you are following is the right one for you.

Eat while respecting the basic principles of a healthy diet, avoid unhealthy foods and eat with pleasure without making it a religion. Do not let your prejudices or those of others prevent you from making the appropriate changes, but do not make it a phobia. And, please, do not become fanatical about a particular diet. Remember that the diet that has made you feel good may not be beneficial for someone else and even for you at some point.

Finally, aside from what is necessary to restore your health, do not make food an end in itself. Healthy diet is important only in helping us to have the level of health and energy that is required to enable us to do well all the other most important things.

And if "the diets" were effective, we would then be all THIN. So eat everything while diversifying as much as possible, trust yourself and use your "Big common sense".




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