When you find yourself in the office first thing in the morning until last thing in the day watching what you eat isn’t always the first thing on your mind. It’s important that we look after our bodies to prevent major illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. These 4 diets can help you improve your health while increasing your energy levels and metabolism.
Gluten Free Diet
A few years ago this diet was saved for those that suffered from celiac and people that had gluten sensitivities. When you go into the store now you will find all sorts of ‘gluten free’ products on the shelves. This diet has been recognised for helping aid weight loss, improve your digestion and preventing disease. You find gluten mainly in barley, rye and wheat as well as many processed foods.
Cutting out processed foods can substantially decrease your gluten intake. Replacing processed foods with fruit and vegetables will dramatically increase your nutrient intake as well as improving your digestion which in turn will see your energy levels spike. By adopting a gluten free diet you will reduce the amount of unhealthy oils and carbohydrates you find in foods like pastries and doughnuts, in turn reducing your cholesterol levels. There are a load of substitutions you can make in your diet such as eating cucumber instead of having a biscuit or eating lettuce with your burger instead of a bun, you don’t need to have a medical excuse not to eat gluten.
The Paleo Diet
Also known as the “caveman diet”. It was invented by Loren Cordain, a clever scientist who specialises in nutrition, he believes that the main reason we have so much obesity in our society is due to our bodies being unable to cope with modern day diets which tend to be full of sugars and processed foods. With the Paleo diet we are encourage to only eat fresh fruit and veg, eggs and fish, grass fed meat and nuts and seeds.
By cutting out processed foods and sugars we make life much easier on our gut. Did you know that 75% of our immune system is found inside your belly? By improving your digestion you are more likely to be able to fight off diseases and other illnesses. You should always be cautions of what nutrients you cut out of your diet and try and source them from other foods or supplements.
Juicing has been around for years and it is a really great way of increasing our fruit and veg intake every day. When you are running about all day and are too busy to sit down for a meal juicing can be a good way to fill your body with all the nutrients it needs easily. When you consume something in liquid form you will find that your body actually absorbs the nutrients much quicker.
I would advise against juicing alone however it is the perfect addition to a balanced diet. By sitting in a meeting drinking over the course of 30 mins to an hour instead of scoffing down a quick 5 minute meal will help keep your blood sugar stabilised and in turn it will prevent you having peaks and troughs of energy throughout the day.
Perhaps the most enjoyable diet on this list, the Mediterranean diet combines flavours, textures and taste to make a diet that is easier to adopt. The diet puts an emphasis on eating plenty of fruits, veg, whole grain, beans, nuts, healthy fats and oils as well as spices and herbs. This diet helps reduce inflammation and boosts your metabolism whilst increasing your focus and improving brain health. This makes the diet great for busy workers, you may find by stepping back and eating correctly that you find you end up working faster and more efficiently. You can also add a splash of red wine to your meals which always makes things more enjoyable.
Dieting can have great effects on your health but it can also have adverse effects on your health if not done correctly, you should always consult your GP prior to undertaking any extreme dietary changes and if you are cutting out foods make sure you are still getting your intake of nutrients through other foods or supplements.