We’re inundated with more fad diets and nutritional terms than you can get with an organic kale shake. You have examples such as the carnivorous diet, which its proponents claim promotes weight loss, mood issues, and blood sugar regulation, among other health concerns, or the keto diet, which requires you to substitute foods naturally high in carbohydrates by those high in protein. , to “trick” your body into thinking it is starving, allowing it to enter ketosis. The idea being that it helps you lose excess fat without sacrificing essential nutrients.
Then, on the other side of the stick (of celery), it becomes vegan.
Safe to say, nutrition is an industry full of debate, with another key battle being the animal foods versus plant foods argument. Both subjects for their fair share of pros and cons – and as to whether you think we as humans are biologically designed to consume meat or plants (or a mixture) is up to you. you decide (although, aside from the ethical debate, the science is pretty clear: we are omnivorous).
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Fortunately, there is a new term that is sweeping the nutrition world right now that may be more aligned with your thoughts and opinions: become “nutrivore.” Essentially meaning “sit on the fence,” a nutrient-rich diet is one that licensed nutritionist Ryan Carter has been talking about a lot lately. Taking to Instagram recently, Ryan explained why he came up with the term and what it all means.
“In the world of nutrition that constantly pushes for extremism, I am here to say that it is not necessary. Unfortunately, the nutritional and environmental sciences are littered with contexts and conflicts. In our opinion, truer words have never been said, and this is a topic expert nutritionist Max Lugavere has also touched on before, who says, “That’s why I often rely on common sense and evolutionary logic and I say learn to listen to your body! “
“If you’re just looking for answers to your health problems on social media, you’re probably never going to get anywhere,” says Ryan.
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To help sort out some of the aforementioned debate at the top of this article, Ryan adds, “Human physiology is designed to consume and use both plants and animals.”
“Simply put, you don’t have to go on restrictive diets. Even now, there are carnivore advocates who include plants in their diets, and ex-vegans are eating meat again. “
“Personally, I’m going to stay in the middle, eat as many local and seasonal foods as possible, eat as nutrient dense as possible, and use common sense using my intuition with the energy density of food, quality of sleep, l exercise and how I feel! I call this “diet” a nutrivore with common sense.
DMARGE contacted Madeline Calfas, registered nurse, naturopath and – according to her LinkedIn biography – nutritionist, to get her opinion on this “nutrivore” trend. She begins by telling us that “the true definition of a nutrivore is someone who strives for the maximum amount of nutrients per calorie consumed. Simply put, they try to make sure that every calorie that goes into your mouth is nutritionally plentiful.
“A nutrivore tries to cut down on the amount of processed and refined foods he eats, and I would say what [Ryan] described is more of an omnivore, someone who eats both animal and plant foods.
So, whatever the official definition, does the “nutrivore” argument carry weight and is it a diet we should all be on? For Madeline, the answer is yes. “Whichever way you take the definition, a nutrient-rich diet is absolutely something we could all benefit from.”
“Making sure we eat foods that are rich in nutrients is the best way to try and ensure that our bodies are able to do their best. Every cellular process in our body needs nutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.
“That’s not to say we can’t enjoy empty calories, but stay in moderation. Essentially, keeping a nutritionally balanced diet is the best advice for everyone. “
While we had Madeline’s attention, we wanted to hear her take on the whole “humans aren’t meant to eat meat” debate.
“Humans, as a biochemical rule, are designed to be omnivorous. “
“Our nutritional needs dictate that we eat a combination of foods of plant and animal origin to ensure that we are getting the proper nutrition to ensure a healthy and functioning body. There are several nutrients, such as vitamin B12, creatine, carnosine, vitamin D3, DHA, heme iron, and taurine, which are only found in animal products.
“These are essential nutrients, so for those who choose to go vegan, they must be supplemented.”
“That said, there is a small percentage of the population who do better not to have animal products in their diet. Many more benefit more from being vegetarians or pescatarians, which means they still have animal products, but no red meat. Most people eat better from a combination of different sources of animal products (red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, etc.).
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As Ryan puts it in her post, it can be unwise to just follow social media for all of your nutritional information, so we asked Madeline the question, “How should we go about choosing a new diet for ourselves?” “. She says, “If you’re interested in trying to adapt a new way of eating and want to make sure it’s a good option, definitely talk to a health professional trained in nutrition. Social media is a great way to get new ideas, but be very specific about where you get your information because literally anyone can post “nutrition” information.
“Be sure to verify the credentials of your sources as well as the origin of those credentials. Likewise, with regards to Dr Google, it is important to understand that there is no limitation on the information that can be placed on the Internet. Google doesn’t sit down and check what gets posted, so it’s wise not to just assume that everything that shows up in your Google search is factual.
“The other important thing to consider is how you feel when you eat a certain way. If you feel better eating only seafood and not red meat, then do it. If you really want to be a vegan for ethical reasons but your body doesn’t agree, don’t force it. Instead, make ethical choices about where you get your food.
“If there’s one term I would really like to see become not just an industry-wide term, but a global term, it’s INTUITIVE FEEDING. Literally follow your instincts.
“What works for your best friend may not work for you, and if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the year, it’s you can’t force your body to be something. that he doesn’t want. “