Should I opt for the Keto diet or should I go for paleo? Is it okay to try the Mediterranean diet or should I go for the Vegan diet? Should I go dairy-free and gluten-free? Will this new diet will work for my body? Will it give me the desired results?
Let’s simplify all of your doubts with a small test. These 3 magical tick boxes can help you figure out if a particular diet will work for you or not! Read on…
Step 1 – Sustainability Check
Each time we decide, with conviction, to follow a more disciplined eating pattern or diet, we need to ask ourselves ‘Will I be able to sustain and follow it throughout my life?’ If you answer yes to it, congratulations we cleared step 1.
Step 2 – Is it Locally and Traditionally Apt?
Ask yourself the following questions
“Does my diet include foods that I ate as a child?”
“Is it traditional and cultural?”
“Is it locally available?”
As per Ayurveda, eating food that is sourced from faraway places is considered a “Viruddh Aahar” or incompatible diet. So, if your diet has too many fancy-sounding ingredients, make sure you ditch the diet altogether.
Step 3 – Simplicity Test
Does your diet call for making fancy food and drinks (like cinnamon water, turmeric water, ABC juice, etc.)?
Does your diet focus only on one food group ignore the others?
If yes, this diet is definitely not the one to stick by. We should never forget that our body does not need just one food group/ one food item (like green tea/ egg whites/ salads) to stay healthy. It needs a combination of all. Balance and simplicity go a long way by supplying an adequate amount of macro and micronutrients to your body. And that is non-negotiable.
Now, if the diet you follow could clear all the 3 tests, KUDOS! you have made the right choice. The only thing to do now is to put your head down and stick to it. As time passes, you will begin to improve on your energy levels, ability to exercise, periods will be pain-free and your hunger signals will get sharper.
All of these are the small milestones that you will encounter on your health transformation before you reach your goal. The only catch here is patience. Allow your body the time that it takes to reach there. Rushing through the process will only make a slightly longer.
Article by our PCOS Expert
– Dt. Niti Dhulla (Nutritionist and Dietitian, Gold Medalist in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics, PCOS Expert, Certified Yoga Instructor)
Owner and Founder at Online Nutrition Consultancy “NutriDietByNitiDhulla”