2015 is here and it’s off to a great start! The new year is a perfect time to do both a mental and physical check in with yourself: how do you feel, how are your energy levels, what would you like to change, etc. We collected the best of our “Explained” series on diets and health so that you can skim through and see what might work for you this new year:
What Does JERF Mean?
JERF refers to the saying “Just Eat Real Food.” It’s that easy! As the magnet on our office fridge reads, “Try organic food! Or what your grandparents called it, food.” Focus less on calories and macro-nutrients (number of carbs, fats, etc.) and more on fueling yourself with real food. Whole foods that you can see in your hands and identify on a plate. Steak and a side of broccoli. Potatoes and eggs (and not the boxed kind!). For more on JERF, see our blog post.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet, or Keto Diet, has grown and evolved to rely on low carbohydrates and high fats. In response to reducing or eliminating carbs, the body begins to turn fats into fatty acids and ketones. As a result, the brain sources ketones for energy instead of glucose. For more on Keto, see our blog post.
What is the Low FODMAP Diet?
The Low FODMAP Diet was developed to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome through elimination dieting. Typically, a person will follow a low FODMAP diet for two to six weeks (depending on how seriously he or she wants to take it) by cutting out foods with high FODMAPs. Then, after a few weeks, one can slowly work their normal foods back into their diets. To find out which foods are excluded from this diet, see our blog post.
What Is the Perfect Health Diet?
The Perfect Health Diet operates under the belief that disease and impaired health have four primary causes: lifestyles that are not in line with mankind’s evolutionary past, chronic infections due to bacteria and viruses, malnutrition and food toxicity. When people eat nutrient-poor diets, they are more likely to contact chronic infections and may take time to heal through diet.
What Is the DASH Diet?
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The diet was originally developed to help people with hypertension and prehypertension. Known for it’s inclusiveness of the food pyramid, the Dash diet requires generous consumption of low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. While still present, consumption of fish and poultry are limited and red meat, sweets and fatty foods are to be limited. For more on the DASH diet, see this post.