…… just kidding 😜
I don’t recommend low carb, paleo, or keto diets for women ever.
Yes, I know that fruits and roots are allowed on the paleo diet, and organ meats are encouraged on keto, paleo, and low-carb, but I’ve seen an enormous turning away from the emphasis on nutrient-density, and instead, it’s become all about turning almonds into any kind of dessert, drink, and baked good you can imagine.
Furthermore, all of these diets are bandaid solutions. Feel better on one of these diets? It’s because it’s suppressing your symptoms. Going low carb or quitting dairy isn’t a “healing” diet. If carbs or dairy are causing you issues and you and you truly want to heal, you have to figure out WHY they are bothering you. Not just take them out so they don’t bother you anymore and call that healing.
Lastly, the biggest problem with all these “diets” is that they are just that… diets.
Over time, all of these diets (which I have personally tried - each of them for years on end), lead to nutrient depletion, imbalances in the body, and *weird* food rules and behaviors. Sometimes even crippling food fears for those who have been on them for extended periods of time.
If you’ve been keto for an extended period of time, you will likely gain weight when you reintroduce carbohydrates. If you’ve been paleo for a long time, you might struggle to reintroduce dairy like I did. If you’ve been low carb, you might have difficulties with proper blood sugar regulation.
All diets and restrictive ways of eating back us into a corner. It can be easy to feel paralyzed if you want to make a change, because your body has adapted to these restrictions.
So remember: if you are coming off a restrictive diet and switching to a metabolically-supportive diet, you MUST take it slow! Your body is used to whatever you’ve been doing for years. Rushing into a big change will only hurt you. Take it slow, and give yourself time and grace.
Not following a diet and just prioritizing nutrient-dense foods of all types is an incredibly freeing and healing experience.