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PALEO, VEGAN + KETO:
WHAT ARE THE KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THESE DIETS

Let’s start 2020 off on the right foot: instead of getting lost in diet culture and all the different things the media is telling us, let’s find peace with food. Too good to be true? It’s not, promise! If you’re into health and wellness (and since you’re here, I can bet that you are!) you’re probably pretty familiar with the whiplash that comes with trying to keep up with the latest nutrition trends. Fat is bad. Fat is good. Get more protein. You eat too much protein. You eat too much of the wrong protein. DO NOT EAT THE BANANA. Have a freakin’ banana. Grains, legumes, soy!? Coffee’s great, but it’s the worst. Holy guacamole. It’s a lot. Even for the experts. But (and maybe I’m forever the optimist) it’s also super exciting. This is the first time that nutrition has gotten such a focus. The field is new, but it seems like everyday more and more studies are coming out. And bit by bit they paint a picture. And while we go back and forth on a lot of it (like is fruit really that bad for blood sugar, and should we avoid gluten if we feel totally fine?), there are definitely commonalities that we’re starting to put together.So today, we’re going to unpack three of the most popular diets, and why they might be more similar than you think! Read on, health nut, read on.

PALEO

WHAT IS IT?

Once described as the Caveman Diet, now Paleo is an entire lifestyle focused around eating and moving the way (we believe) nature intended. Despite media claims that it’s all meat, Paleo is a whole-foods, plant-heavy diet. The diet is made up primarily of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and high-quality meat and seafood.

WHAT TO EAT:

Lots of vegetables (and we mean lots!) –including leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and root vegetables; seasonal fruit in moderation, like apples, berries, citrus, avocadoes; sustainably-sourced meat, seafood, poultry and eggs; nuts and seeds; and healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.

WHAT TO AVOID:

On the nights where cooking at home is not an option, instead of ordering in a pizza (cause yum), swap your weekly takeout for a healthy substitute. Most restaurants today are on every food delivery app you can think of. And healthy definitely doesn’t have to be boring. Impact Kitchen’s warrior bowl, grass-fed burger, and chicken noodle soup are all awesome winter comfort foods when you’re craving more of a salad–and they all support your health!  Find out how to order-in Impact Kitchen near you!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

RECOMMENDED IMPACT BOWL: Hero Bowl with Chicken

6. BALANCE YOUR MEALS WITH FAT, FIBRE AND PROTEIN.

If you’re stuck on what to eat, but determined to eat better this year, just stick to the golden rule: eat healthy fats, fibre and good quality protein at every meal and you’ll be good to go! This will keep you full and well-fed so you’ve got the energy you need, while still supporting your health! Pick healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts and seeds; fibre-rich foods like chia seeds, flax, avocados, and root vegetables; and proteins like grass-fed beef, sustainably farmed or wild-caught seafood, organic tempeh, legumes and beans. Try Impact’s Power Breakfast  in the morning or the Macro Bowl in the afternoon to get all the fuel you need to keep going!

7. PACK HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE WEEK.

Nothing is worse than feeling like you have nothing to eat while you’re working or on the go. Stock up and pack healthy options to keep you from getting hangry (and keep you from eating office candy): good quality energy bars, apples, nuts,  hard-boiled eggs and cut veggies with hummus are all good options. Make (and freeze) healthy muffins or loaves to snack on, or head to Impact to load up on collagen-rich chocolate pudding, paleo chicken tenders or healthy baked goods! Making healthy changes doesn’t have to be drastic or draining–opt for simple habits that you can make daily and watch the difference it makes in your overall health and wellbeing!

VEGAN

WHAT IS IT?

Veganism is a diet centred entirely around plant foods, without the consumption of animals and their byproducts. Vegans don’t eat meat, dairy, eggs and even honey, and often veganism encompasses a larger lifestyle philosophy that prioritizes animal welfare–so vegans will often avoid buying leather, animal-based products, or cosmetics that were tested on animals. People can be vegan for a variety of reasons: for their health, for the ethical welfare of animals, for the environment.

WHAT TO EAT

Vegan diets tends to be rich in plant-based proteins, like beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, grains nuts and seeds. And of course, when done with health in mind, it’s a diet that includes a wide variety of vegetables and fruit! Similar to paleo, veganism encourages the mass consumption of plants to ensure quality nutrition.

WHAT TO AVOID

Meat, seafood, poultry, dairy, honey and eggs are all off the table.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

RECOMMENDED IMPACT BOWL: Zesty Mexican with Falafel

KETO

WHAT IS IT?

Let’s be real: keto is having a moment…For like the last few years. And it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon! Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that aims to put you into ketosis to reap the benefits: weight loss, improved cognitive function, reduced inflammation and management of diabetes, to name a few. And the research for it is pretty strong, and continuously building! It’s been shown to help treat epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome–making it a pretty therapeutic diet. But of course, not everyone does well on a keto diet, especially long-term (women specifically can struggle, as low-carb diets can throw hormones out of whack).

WHAT TO EAT

The diet consists of meat, seafood, poultry, dairy, eggs, low-carb vegetables, healthy fats, and nuts and seeds.

WHAT TO AVOID

The diet omits sugar, grains, legumes, most fruit and starchy vegetables.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

RECOMMENDED IMPACT BOWL: Lean Bowl with Arugula, Avocado, Steak + Lemon Olive Oil

SO WHAT'S THE IDEAL DIET?

Honestly, that’s a very personal call. Not every diet is going to be suited to every person. That makes sense, we’re all quite different. But it’s important to see that most diets actually have a lot in common: eat whole-foods and stay away from processed garbage. And if you’re looking for a health-focused place to eat that caters to your dietary preferences, Impact Kitchen puts a strong focus on serving high-quality for every diet!

What are your thoughts on all these diets? Is there anyone that you adhere to, or are you a “whole foods” approach? Let us know in the comments, and you haven’t signed up already, be sure to join our monthly newsletter!

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