In the search for weight loss, improved health and increased longevity, many people turn to popular diet trends to find guidance and boundaries as to what foods they should or should not consume. Many of the most popular diets avoid tedious calorie-counting and focus on high-quality, whole foods and sustainability for the long run. In addition to seeking specific diet guidelines, discerning consumers today also expect the highest quality standards for the food they consume, such as sustainable seafood and meat that is grass-fed or grass-finished, antibiotic-free, and humanely raised. Here’s a look at some of the most popular diet trends and how Greensbury proteins comply with each while meeting the highest quality standards.
While the human body’s primary source of energy is usually found in glucose from carbohydrates, the Ketogenic diet trains the body to metabolize fat instead and turn it into ketones (another source of energy). The Keto Diet relies on closely tracking net carbs: the amount of total carbs in food minus its fiber content. Typically, the goal is to stay between 20 and 50 net carbs per day. While some people take advantage of the idea of a high-fat diet to eat whatever unhealthy, fatty foods they want, known as “dirty keto,” the best way to improve health is to focus on healthy sources of fat. These include high-quality, grass-fed and grass-finished meats and organic dairy. All Greensbury proteins are keto compliant and excellent sources of healthy fats.
The Paleo diet focuses on foods that our ancestors may have eaten long ago. This includes foods obtained through hunting and gathering such as meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Paleo limits foods obtained through farming such as dairy, legumes, and grain. The belief is that the increase in heart disease, diabetes and obesity today is largely due to rapid changes in diet that are not matched well to our genetics. Grass-fed and grass-finished meats, wild game, and high-quality seafood are staples of the Paleo diet. Nearly all Greensbury proteins are Paleo compliant.
Many people suffering from digestive issues, systemic inflammation and chronic pain turn to Whole30 in search of relief. Based on Paleo diet principles, Whole30 allows only whole, unprocessed foods for 30 days. The idea behind it is not only to find relief from troublesome symptoms, but also potentially to find foods that may be the source of the symptoms. With no calorie-counting involved, Whole30 followers are challenged to focus on moderate portions of meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and healthy, unprocessed fats found in nuts, avocados and olive oil. Grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and any other processed foods must be avoided. Nearly all Greensbury proteins are Whole30 compliant.
Kosher food is any food or beverage that follows Jewish dietary laws. Not only are certain meats and seafood off-limits, but foods must be slaughtered and prepared a certain way.
The DASH Diet
The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. DASH is proven to treat and prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). This diet focuses on lowering sodium (under 2300 mg/day) and saturated fat intake by cutting back on highly processed foods and eating more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, whole-grains, poultry, seafood, and nuts. DASH is one of the most flexible and sustainable diets for the long term. Nearly all Greensbury proteins are compliant with the DASH diet.
The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating and lifestyle habits of those in countries like Greece and Italy. The cuisine from these regions has well-documented health benefits, including reduction of heart disease and positive impact on the brain and cognition. In the U.S., this diet consistently ranks as one of the best diets. In addition to an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet encourages lean cuts of grass-fed, farm-raised meat (such as loins and filets) and seafood on a regular basis. The best cooking methods include baking, broiling and grilling while avoiding frying. Nearly all Greensbury proteins are compliant with the Mediterranean diet guidelines.
The MIND Diet
The MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It borrows elements from both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet to positively affect brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and memory deterioration (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.). The MIND diet focuses on 10 brain-healthy food groups including leafy greens, other vegetables, berries, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, fish, poultry, and wine while avoiding red meat, butter and margarine, sugary foods, fried foods, and fast food. The MIND diet typically requires more planning and organizing to stick close to these 10 specific food groups. Many Greensbury proteins are MIND compliant and conveniently offered through delivery right to your doorstep to make meal planning easier.