“Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian… there are so many food options today, how do I know what’s best for me; and how does the Farm Girl Fresh lifestyle fit into all of these plans?” This is a great question and one that Joyce and I have been asked many times over the last year.
From our research, we’ve found differing guidelines to some of these diets. Here is our general overall conclusion of each diet lifestyle.
Gluten-Free: This diet strictly excludes gluten (proteins found in grains including wheat, barley and rye). Gluten cross-contamination can occur in the processing of grains and oats so it’s important to read labels to ensure the product you’re consuming is gluten-free.
Paleo (also called hunter gatherer, caveman or stone-age): This diet is heavy on proteins and low in carbs. It excludes most foods that cause inflammation or produce blood sugar spikes. No dairy products from any source (cow, goat, or sheep), no grains (including corn, barley, millet, oats, quinoa and rice), no legumes (includes all beans – black, red, kidney, pinto, white navy and chick peas, lentils, peas, peanuts and peanut butter), no processed foods, no soy (including edamame, food additives, meat substitutes and tofu), no sugar (including agave nectar, evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup and stevia), no vegetable oils (including canola, corn, peanut, safflower, soybean and sunflower), and no white potatoes.
Vegan: This is a strict vegetarian diet. A vegan refrains from consuming animal-derived products (including dairy, eggs and meat).
Vegetarian: This diet excludes all animal meat (including beef, chicken, fish and pork).
Now to answer the second half of the question, how does our eating lifestyle at Farm Girl Fresh fit into all these plans? Joyce and I believe your health starts from the ground up. This means pure, whole food grown in nutrient-dense soil and eaten in its most natural state before any chemicals or preservatives have been added. Eating these foods will give you the most health benefits.
Have you been on an elimination diet to lose weight, detox or cleanse your body and had a hard time sticking to it? Most diets present you with a mindset that you only have to do it for a minimum amount of time – 7 days, 14 days, 30 days, etc. For long-term better health, we at Farm Girl Fresh promote a lasting approach. A permanent lifestyle change takes time and effort and doesn’t promise immediate results. But it is so worth the effort and you will be amazed at the results if you choose this long-term commitment.
We encourage you to make the recipes in our book (and website) to help you continue to care for your body and live a healthy lifestyle. Our garden-to-table book, Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®, contains healing foods (vegetables, herbs and fruit) that can be incorporated into any diet.