Keto? Plant-based? Paleo? Mediterranean? There may never be a way of eating that is perfect for everyone. Your DNA is at least partially dictates how your body responds to food.
In the most general terms, you can have your DNA analyzed then use a self-decode website to turn those results into actionable items. In the meantime, here are three universal rules for fueling your body with the right nutrients.
- Get 60-75% of your calories from healthy fats and the rest from protein. Calories from fruits and vegetables don’t count. Fats are harder to digest but they burn more slowly than protein or carbs so you’re not always wanting to eat.
By healthy fats, I mean clean, nutrient-rich fats. Clear and translucent oils such as canola are pretty much devoid of micronutrients. On the other end of the spectrum is bright red Malaysian palm oil, which is one of the richest in nutrients including vitamin E tocotrienols and more vitamin A carotenoids than carrots. Due to their differing smoke points, use palm oil for cooking and olive oil for lower heat dishes and salad dressings. You might also enjoy palm oil in your morning coffee instead of creamer.
- Limit your intake of flour and other baked goods. While there are essential amino acids in proteins, and essential fatty acids in fats, there’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.
- Try intermittent fasting. The reason science supports intermittent fasting is that it allows time for the body’s cellular mechanisms to take a break from having to deal with calories. If all you’re doing is consuming food, whether or not it is high in nutrients, your cells don’t get the break they need to detox.”
Keep in mind that if one eating plan isn’t working for you, it’s OK to try another.