As a fitness professional, I get asked about food and what I eat more than I get asked anything else. In the least few years food has become one of the hottest topics around, and with so much information and advice flying around it can be hard to know who or what to listen to.
In my humble opinion, no ‘diet’ works – if it did, the industry wouldn’t be worth millions and millions of pounds. We’re all different and your body will respond to types of food differently to others, in the same way that some of us feel the cold, and some of us don’t, some of us need a lot of sleep, some of us don’t. There is no Golden Rule.
The diet that gives me the most positive output – high energy levels, a clear mind, healthy bowel movements etc – is a mainly plant-based diet, with the odd piece of meat, cheese or egg thrown in. I have milk in my tea and eat chocolate regularly, but I like to keep my meals as dairy and animal-free as I can. There are may reasons for this which I won’t bore you with, but one of them is a rather delicate gut which has much less trouble digesting veg, fruit and pulses than anything else.
My biggest pet peeve when it comes to food is the Diet Police – I’m sure you’ve come across types like these on Instagram. Without an in-depth knowledge of someone’s body no-one is in a position to dictate whether a diet is right for them or not. There are diets some swear by which wouldn’t work for others. Really as long as you are eating enough, it’s up to you to decide where else you want your diet to take you and why.