Trying to get off sugar? Looking for a high protein diet? A healthy lifestyle starts with what you put in your body.
Food allergies and restrictions or avoidance of certain ingredients can affect what you eat. If you're looking for a new lifestyle linked to a specific diet, find a food tribe below that meets your desired food preferences.
Paleo? Vegan? Gluten Free? Which food tribe do you belong to?
WHAT IS PALEO?
The paleo (Paleolithic) diet is based on the diet of our ancestors for the past 10,000 years meaning our ancestors lived off the land. They had to hunt and gather their food to survive. Therefore the paleo diet works by focusing almost exclusively on real, unprocessed foods that our ancestors ate.
The foundation for paleo stands on a theory that the human body cannot break down highly processed sugars and foods that are part of the diets today. The people who follow the paleo diet believe grains in particular can cause damage to our bodies such as damaging the lining of your gut and affecting your immune system.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF PALEO
Getting back to the basics of what we use to eat is the philiosophy of paleo. This philosophy comes with a lot of health benefits. The main one being the fact you will be eating a clean diet which is healthier for your body as you are not be putting anything artificial in your body, no additives, preservatives or chemicals. You will have more efficient workouts, stable blood sugar, burn stored body fat, anti-inflammatory, better sleep, and balanced energy throughout the day.
We embrace the paleo lifestyle and we have made sure that products in our range cater for this tribe.
WHAT IS VEGAN?
Vegan is a type of vegetarianism. Living a vegan lifestyle means life is very colourful. You embrace the plant life and consume numerous delicious, bright fruit and vegetables. A vegan lifestyle excludes any animal products or by-products such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, honey, leather or wool.
People chose to be vegan for health, environmental and/or ethical reasons. Vegans try to do the best by the world and don’t want to harm animals in any way.
The key to a nutritional vegan diet is variety including fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Protein is essential part of this diet and the main source is from plant foods, however some plant foods are not a complete protein which means they are missing essential amino acids. Therefore it is important for vegans to consume a variety of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and soy to ensure adequate protein intake. Other essential dietary requirements vegans may be missing are minerals (iron, calcium and zinc) and vitamin B12, however between conscious food choice and supplements, these gaps can be filled.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF VEGAN
The health benefits of a vegan diet include possible weight loss due to less carbohydrates and reduced saturated fats, increased energy, healthy skin, hair and nails, reduction in bad breath and body odour.
We embrace the vegan lifestyle and we have made sure that products in our range cater for this tribe.
WHAT IS VEGETARIAN?
A vegetarian is someone who practices a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of slaughter.
People chose to be vegetarian for environmental, health, ethical and/or religious reasons. Some people want to protect animals. Some religions don’t eat meat. A vegetarian diet can cost less. Some people don’t like the taste of meat.
Choosing to eat a vegetarian diet can lead you to miss out on essential vitamins and minerals. So it is important to plan your meals to include enough protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron, calcium and zinc. There are two types of vegetarians:
- Lacto-ovo vegetarians- people who do not eat any meat or seafood but include dairy foods and plant foods
- Lacto-vegetarians – people who avoid meat, seafood and eggs, but include dairy foods and plant foods
HEALTH BENEFITS OF VEGETARIAN
Research has shown an estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet may reduce the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Vegetarians also have a low rate of illness.
WHAT IS GLUTEN FREE?
A gluten free diet is based on eating foods that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat (including spelt), rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
WHY GLUTEN FREE?
A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive ailment. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.
Many people chose to follow a gluten-free diet to lose weight, boost energy, or generally feel healthier.
GLUTEN FREE NUTRITION
You still have many food choices when you are on a gluten free diet. You will discover that a lot of the foods you currently eat are gluten free and that there are many delicious substitutes for foods that have gluten in them.
FOODS YOU ARE ALLOWED
Fruits & Vegetables
Nuts and legumes
Most dairy products
Fats & Oils
Grains such as Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn and cornmeal, Flax, Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean), Hominy (corn), Millet, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Soy, Tapioca, Teff
You have to be careful when using sauces, seasonings and vitamin and mineral supplements as some of them could contain gluten as well.
It’s important to note if you do go gluten free you can have some nutritional deficiencies. Try and look for gluten free foods that have been fortified with vitamins to prevent this happening.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GLUTEN FREE
A gluten free diet can have a variety of health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health and increasing energy levels. Many people find they eliminate a lot of unhealthy foods, such as processed foods, desserts and fried foods when excluding gluten from their diet which can help lead to healthier weight.
WHAT IS SUGAR FREE?
A sugar free diet is based on eating foods that exclude sugar. Extremists could also not eat foods that naturally contain sugar such as fruits & vegetables. The less extreme just eat food that don’t have added sugar.
WHY SUGAR FREE?
Some people think sugar is addictive and go on a sugar free diet to end their addiction. Others do it for health reasons as they just want to eat natural foods and nothing processed.
SUGAR FREE NUTRITION
Avoid foods that contain sugar such as soft drinks, pastries, confectionary, biscuits, cakes, desserts, sugary breakfast cereals, sugary sauces, alcohol and so on. You really need to read the ingredient list of every food you buy because sugar can be hidden in anything.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUGAR FREE
The health benefits of going sugar free is increased energy, no afternoon slumps, clearer skin, improved mood and concentration, superior sleep, healthier weight and over better health and wellbeing. Some people on this diet have found that they have fixed their diabetes and also allowed them to stop taking medication for diabetes, or cholesterol.