“Diet” Type Terminology

Diets and eating terminology is a daunting thing. There seems to be a million different kinds of eating and they all seem “scientific” . Notice the way I wrote that.

I myself am “agnostic” when it comes to eating. I don’t believe that there is no such thing as “The right diet”. (I also don’t think that cleanses or any of those things work.) Eating strategy of eating comes with its different ups and downs based on age, activity level, genetics and a host of other factors. As you read this and see all of these buzz words flying around, keep in mind that There is no right diet. Everyone’s body is different and responds differently to each type of diet.

But as you look at different recipes it’s important for you to know what they mean and who/why should be using them for a medical purposes.

Dairy Free: This means no animal derived milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, whey protein or any other whey. Some people like myself might avoid this because of allergies while others with auto immune issues might stay away because of inflammation. For some the sugar naturally occuring in it might cause digestive issues.

Gluten Free: Many people are avoiding gluten these days thinking that it keeps them low carb, but in truth it is really just avoiding gluten proteins found in whey, barley, rye, wheat, bulgur and couscous. Most avoid this because it causes inflammation while those with actual Celiacs Disease can have an extreme and sometimes life threatening result.

Low-FODMAP: Fodmap is an acronym for the most difficult to digest short chain carbohydrates. These can cause bloating and digestive issues for people with sensitive digestive systems. A low FODMAP diet avoids foods in all six of these groups.

  • Fructose – Sugar in fruits
  • Lactose/Fructans- in many gluten based grains)
  • Galactan- in legumes
  • Polyols- sugar in alcohol

Low Inflammation: Inflammation is one of those things that seems to becoming more and more common these days. There are a lot of reasons for that, that I wont get into right now. Basically low inflammation diets get rid of everything linked to inflammation including refined foods, foods made with high sugars or anything processed. Instead focus is on whole foods like leafy greens, fermented foods like kimchi that increase the microbs in your stomach, healthy fats and anti inflammatory spices.

Ketogenic: This is one of the biggest buzz words out there right now. The diet technique is based around putting the body into a state of Ketosis. It is centered in producing ketons in the body through fasting and food choices so that fat is used as an energy as opposed to carbohydrates. Keep in mind that when you have sugar or anything carb, you have to basically restart as your body will go more for them.

Paleo: This aims to eat the way that our ancestors did or may have eaten before industrialized food took hold. They cut out dairy, legumes and grains in favor of grass-feed meats, nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies and seafood.

Vegetarian: Vegetarians don’t eat meat but they do eat eggs, honey and dairy.

Vegan: Do not eat anything that was or was made by an animal including eggs, honey, dairy, ect. Often times there is a moral conitation to vegan-ism either for environmental or animal welfare reasons.


Note: When I use the word diet I mean “what you eat” and only that. I don’t mean food restriction or any quickie.

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2 thoughts on ““Diet” Type Terminology

    1. Keto might work for you but my point on being a diet “agnostic” is that it might not work for everyone. For instance I can not do keto due to the types of recreation I take part in, the fact that I can not process several amino acids and the fact that my particular body type does not work well in a prolonged ketogenic state. The entire point of this is that dieting is like religion. Everyone thinks they have found the right one.

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