Dietary dilemma by Dr Yesheen Singh

Dieting has always been a hot topic but lately there's been a huge movement converting to the low-carb diet option. With any dietary programme one needs to look at long-term sustainability. Many of them promise to revolutionise the way we interact with food and offer multiple benefits to our health and wellbeing. But is this the case?
There are so many opinions on what to eat, many using science to back up their claims, and often to contrary conclusions. Why is there such a lack of consensus? Who are we to trust? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that there are so many divergent opinions out there. Each of us has a unique genetic code, which interacts with a unique set of environmental triggers from the world around us, to create the body we have at the moment. This is changing all the time as our health status and the environment around us changes. Did you know that the only source of raw ingredients to build new cells and support the replacement of diseased organs with healthy ones is through our diet? As we change in health and illness, so to do our nutritional requirements. The types of foods tolerated by someone who is healthy differ from those tolerated by someone who is ill. Food is information, guiding your body towards health or away from it. Why then do we expect to follow one dietary guideline for the rest of our lives? One diet to cure all ills in all people? When considering a new eating guideline, my advice is to first ask yourself the question: Does this guideline feel appropriate for my body? If you're uncertain, give it a trial run and see how you feel. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine both include nutrition as a cornerstone of healing, but a fundamental philosophy common to both is that as your body changes through the seasons of life, so too should your diet. They adapt the diet to meet the needs of the body and this is a philosophy we should adopt in our more Western approach to nutrition. My advice is to end the 'one size fits all' cycle of dieting and explore the unique needs of your body at the stage of life you are in. Take the advice that works for your body and create a tailor made diet that fits you. For more about Dr Yesheen Singh log onto www.healthnation.co.za did you know? Dieting has been part of Western conversation since the 19th century. Apple cider vinegar was promoted by Lord Byron in the 1820's. The grapefruit diet was created in the 1930's, followed by the original shake-based diet, Slim-Fast, in the 1970's. The 80's and 90's gave rise to Fit For Life, Herbalife, Weigh Less, Blood Type and Dr Atkins, and the new millennium saw the macrobiotic, Master Cleanse and South Beach diets rise in popularity. Currently, we have raw, paleo and mediterranean cookbooks vying for shelf space in the kitchen.

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