Until that time when you know for sure that a certain way of eating is working for you and giving the positive results you want, you are most probably in the mode of believing. Maybe you´re trying a diet out because of something you read or someone you know told you about it or it´s the latest craze or, like the old adage says, “people like to hear good news about their bad habits”, so you look for a plan that coincides with what you´re presently consuming… regardless of the results. At that point you´re trusting blindly because you don´t really know for sure if it will work or not. That´s why it´s important that eventually believing leads to knowing because, if it doesn´t, you might end up hopping from one failed diet to another…endlessly (Wikipedia lists more than 90 different diets). However, once you know, for you the searching and experimentation is over. You have found a nutrition path that works for you. Case closed. Now, instead of the need to continue checking out different options you have the opportunity to grow by building upon what you now know.
For me this happened 7 years ago. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942 and having a father who was a butcher, for the first 36 years of my life I followed the high fat and high protein (meat and dairy) Standard American Diet. Then, as a result of my interest in Eastern philosophy, I adopted a vegetarian diet in 1976, which lasted 32 years. Once I discovered Whole Food Plant Base Nutrition or as I call it, Whole Food Vegan Nutrition, there was no turning back. It has brought me all of the health benefits I was hoping for. My search has ended.
My suggestion is, before you decide on a particular diet to follow, do the research and find out more about the person who actually created the diet, including, believe it or not, his or her physical appearance. If they´re promoting a diet for the heart or for losing weight, do they look healthy, are they slim or overweight? It may not seem that important but I go along with practice what you preach.
It´s also important to take into consideration the following:
• What facts, studies or investigations are they basing their diet on?
• Who is funding the studies that support the diet?
• Who are the references and how many are there?
• What is the history of the diet (i.e., a diet in existence for 5 or 10 years will hardly be able to predict long term results)?
• What are they selling (books, vitamins, courses) and how much do these products influence them and indicate a bias towards what they´re promoting.
As you can imagine, since doing the above investigation can be time consuming and even require certain expertise and training, I´m happy to share with you the following option:
Dr. Michael Greger, the author of the NY Times Best Seller “How Not to Die”, is an internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. His website, http://www.nutritionfacts.org is nonprofit and science based. He provides free daily videos and articles. Every year, his team of volunteers research more than 10,000 nutrition studies. In other words, he does the investigation and research for us. Once on his site you can search any health and nutrition topic.