The best diet is one designed for your body and based on whole, fresh food. Our bodies are not designed to eat highly refined, fast food. Just look around you and you’ll see the evidence that the Standard American Diet is not doing us any good at all.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many different diets, it’s because they don’t work for everyone.  Some people do well on Keto, but others don’t.  Or they do well for a time and achieve some of their goals, only to find that it’s no longer working for them.

According to the US National Institute of Health, the intake of fast foods has increased five-fold in the last three decades and 30 percent of children and 50 percent of college students eat fast food daily. This has resulted in an alarming increase in the obesity rate, along with related health issues.

The main reasons people give for eating fast food are convenience, costs, flavor, and taste. Here are five tips to keep your taste buds happy:

  1. A simple meal prep plan can fill your refrigerator with all the ingredients you need to put a nutritious bowl together in just minutes.  Cut and prepare an array of vegetables and roast them in the oven.  Cook a large quantity of either sprouted brown rice, or quinoa, cut up some fruit, and have some toppings on hand.  Put them in containers and pop them in the fridge. It takes a few minutes to put a bowl together and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
  2. By using a variety of local fresh produce, you can satisfy the most demanding of palates. These seasonal, organically grown fruits and veggies are just bursting with flavor. One of the most common complaints about not eating fast food is a craving for the sweet taste. There are ways around this too. And you don’t have to give up all your treats – you can use organically grown stevia and vanilla to sweeten your tea or even in your baking. It’s possible to make healthy ice cream, using the right ingredients.
  3. One of the best recommendations is to “eat the rainbow.”  Look for bright colored foods and eat a variety at each meal.  Beetroots, carrots, tomatoes, and blueberries can give you a wonderful rainbow plate.  Just add some nutritious greens and you’ll be set.

There has been a flood of interest in the concept of personalized diets recently. Scientists have conducted studies on why a personalized diet is a good idea and how every person’s body is different and needs different nutrition.

Some of these studies are based on your DNA and others use blood tests, but there is a simple, non-invasive method of discovering what nutrients your body needs.  It’s called Nutrition Response Testing® and it was developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan.

Once you find a practitioner who has been trained in Nutrition Response Testing, they will evaluate your body and put you on a clinically designed, personal nutrition program so that you are addressing the exact nutritional needs of your body.

The next step is to change to a healthy, nutritious diet of whole fresh food.  Find a local market where you can buy the best possible quality produce, work out a meal prep plan, and start feeding your body the good stuff.