Blending Diets: Another way to keep you eating healthy!
Just when you think you were being original, you find out somebody has already coined the idea and find gobs of information about a certain topic. This is the case often when I am working on an idea that just pops into my head. I may run to google and do a quick search to see if there is anything on the topic and often, there is. This happened at the beginning of 2017 when completing my annual New Year’s Detox. On my detox, there is a week where you eat a strict vegan diet. I took the opportunity to blend the vegan diet with ketogenic diet concepts and found profound results in doing so. In the past, I have struggled with vegan diets and just felt drained and deprived. What was most magical about my vegan adventure was that I didn’t feel drained and deprived. I felt just the opposite. I felt a sense of clarity and wholeness. Maybe it was just the dopaminergic surges going through my brain from completing a new challenging diet and having great results. Maybe it was the combination of two dietary philosophies and having a greater understanding of utilizing my diet as a tool to function at a greater state of health. Either way, I use this story to help spark further excitement of how to use your eating plan to your benefit.
Recently, a fellow colleague said, “treat the patient and not the symptom.” It was refreshing to hear because it reminded me again of the amazing opportunity I have each day to influence patients about their diet and lifestyle. When people say don’t discuss politics and religion, I often fire back, “don’t forget diet”. What I mean by this is that through my experience of discussing and making dietary recommendations, people can get very emotional about the topic. Everyone thinks they have already done that diet or wants to “one up” me in the discussion about some detail of a diet. The fact of the matter is that I don’t know it all and I enjoy learning new things about diet, but when I recommend blending two dietary philosophies, it is often an effort to make my patients further understand how powerful diet is in their lives. Let’s take again, for example, a ketogenic diet. This is a high-fat diet that can give the brain an abundance of ketone bodies, which are very efficient in producing energy for the brain. I like to combine this diet with the Atkins diet concepts. I always laugh to myself when making this recommendation because people always say, “Oh yeah, I’ve done that diet before”. People may have indeed done this diet, but when I investigate further and discuss the biochemistry of this diet and how and why it may work, it often starts to go over people’s heads. I do not do this as an egotistical rant about diet to prove how smart I am when it comes to dietary considerations. I do this to help educate and hopefully spark some excitement into the minds of my patients. I have seen it in myself and see it often in my patients, “the thrill is gone.” It is hard to keep pushing forward with a healthy diet when so many bad influences surround us when it comes time to fueling our bodies with food. When you eat healthily and feel better because of it, it’s like a freight train moving faster and faster. It is very hard to slow that momentum down.
Next time you set out on a dietary adventure and try a new eating plan, I urge you to talk to your functional medicine doctor to learn as much about it as possible. Read about the philosophy of the diet, try to understand the biochemistry of the diet, and certainly look up recipes on the diet so eating is fun and fulfilling. In doing so, you will be building steam like the freight train. Soon enough you will be blending dietary concepts and coming up with successful strategies that best fit your body type and propel you down the road to health. So, get out there and try a new diet!
Dr. Andrew Kender, III
July 5, 2017
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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