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Best Diet Confirmed

Posted on 04/22/2014

I read a recent article about how “science confirms the absolute best diet for health.” Wow, just what I’ve known all along! However, it was a breathe of fresh air to read.

It was not splashy or gimmicky, so perhaps that is why it flew under most media outlets’ radars. It basically reaffirmed what I have said, lived for and worked for most of my life. A balanced diet is the way to go. Needless to say, I was truly happy to pass it along to you!

When I say “best diet” what I really mean is the one that has been reviewed for its health benefits, effectiveness and successfulness.

The researcher from Yale University School of Public Health, Dave Katz, M.D., reviewed the health benefits from six of the most popular diet trends –note the word “trends”: low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, Paleo and vegan. He compared the trends with a regular, old “mixed balanced” diet A.K.A., square meals from a combination of plant and animal foods that conform to the standard dietary guidelines for daily recommendations set by the Institute of Medicine.

His findings? They are clear, the winner is a diet comprised mostly of minimally processed foods direct from nature and food made up of such ingredients. It is a sensible approach that is not something the general public views as exciting, easy or the latest and greatest. But, it is tried and true and at the basis of our meal plan.

We have nearly 30 years of success with helping people improve their eating habits and overall health. We know this “mixed balance” plan works, we’ve seen it time and again. It is also the most recommended type of diet plan by health and medical professionals.

Yes, the findings are not ground shattering or the headline-making findings you normally hear by mainstream media. Those are normally saved for fad diets that are the new “in diet” that everyone is talking about. But, after not too long, it is then replaced with a new fad and so on and so forth.

I’m happy to have read this article, to see it is being embraced and recognized as the “best diet confirmed.” Perhaps now with such a reputable physician -- Dr. Dave Katz -- putting his recommendations down on paper, then the rest of the country will soon realize it too. Kudos to you, Dr. Katz! I also love his rules to live by: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Well said, Dr. Katz.

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In other recent nutrition news, there’s a new study out that questions the link between saturated fat and heart disease. Researchers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,indicated they found no link between restricting saturated fat to lower heart disease risks. It will be interesting to see how others in the medical and nutrition community, especially the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, takes this new and somewhat controversial study into consideration for their nutritional suggestions and guidelines. Stay tuned about this topic, this is certain to spark much more discussion in the medical community.

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In 14 weeks, our Seattle Sutton’s 2014 Slim Down contestants have lost at total of 435.6 pounds! Way to go, contestants! Only ONE more week until we name the winner of this year’s Slim Down Contest. For the latest contest coverage, check out their progress on ourFacebook page and read the latest news about our contestants.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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