The first time I heard about someone doing the elimination diet was about 10 years ago and I was shocked. “You are going to starve!” “What is there left to eat?” Now, as a Naturopathic Doctor, it is something I recommend often, but I’m sure some of my patients have the exact same reaction. After having done several elimination diets myself, I now look at this diet as a great opportunity to learn more about your body, and the food you eat, while often helping to solve those pesky symptoms that never seem to get better.
There are so many diets out there – vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, paleo, primal, Mediterranean – the list goes on. But which one is the best? Your best friend swears that the paleo diet changed her life - she lost 50 pounds and her skin cleared up, but when you try it – nothing! Well that’s because diets and food choices need to be individualized!
The type of food you eat and exercise you do is critical to weight loss, but equally important is how your body is functioning. Lasting weight loss is not about adopting "the" diet, or the best "fat-burning" workout, and in fact most people that abide by strict diets often put the weight right back on. Weight loss is often seen as a battle, or a struggle, but it doesn't have to be.
We are always looking for shortcuts in our fast-paced lives. Exercise is no exception, hence the popularity of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT involves alternating high intensity bursts with recovery periods at lower intensity. I used to exercise with a mentality of “more is more”, and if I didn't work out for at least an hour, then it wasn't worth exercising at all. Now, with less time on my hands and a better understanding of human physiology, I’ve discovered, happily, that Less is More.