You asked, I answered! Here are a few questions I received when I put out the call. Have more questions? Submit them anytime to me, or wait until the official announcement next month.
Q: I’m having a lot of cravings for fast-food, what do you recommend?
A: I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation, and if a small amount of a “junk” food means you eat whole foods the majority of the time, then go ahead and give into that voice! But eating fast food everyday all day isn’t going to do your body any favours.
Generally fast food is nutrient poor, and offers nothing to feed our gut bacteria. I’ve never had fermented foods at a fast food place, have you? This affects our digestive health, which in turn affects our mood and immune system.
My recommendation is a two-pronged approach:
Don’t let your body get to that place of “omg I’m so hungry I will eat a sofa”. Having massive fluctuations in blood sugar leaves our body craving carbs as a quick source of energy to ya know…keep us alive. Having small consistent meals throughout the day and healthy snacks on hand (e.g. a non-dairy yogurt and a handful of almonds) is helpful for when hunger strikes.
Choose healthier dining out options. By all means, socialize and eat out…but see if you can pick some places in advance that you know will have a salad/grain bowl option or a simple fish dish.
Q: I’m looking for a non-dairy milk alternative, what do you suggest?
A: Great question! The demand for this area is growing; it’s estimated that by end of 2018 the non-dairy milk market will reach 16 billion dollars globally. Non-dairy milks are often fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and B12 so you can be sure you’re not missing out on these important nutrients. For a high protein pick I go for soy, pea, or oat milk. Almond milk can be helpful if you’re sticking to a low carb diet, however it has very little protein.
Q: What diet should I follow?
A: This one is tricky, and my answer, like for most complex questions is it depends. Each person is biochemically unique and so there’s no one size fits all approach to eating (if there were don’t you think we’d all be following it by now?). Vegan may work for some, while paleo is king for others. We do know that emphasizing whole natural foods is best for health. A Nutritionist can help you determine what style of eating is best for you based on your preferences, goals, and lifestyle. The book I’m reading now, The Personalized Diet by researchers Dr. Segal and Dr. Elinav dives into this individuality. I’ll post more about this topic once I finish the book, so stay tuned!