Which is better for optimal health, the Paleo diet, low carb or gluten free?
I guess it depends on your goals and particular health situation.
I started low carb last February and I haven’t been sick since! I also lost 30 pounds and reversed my Metabolic Syndrome. The version I followed was Atkins, and of the 3 diets, I think it’s the easiest to follow. Easy to dine out etc. I’m glad I started with that one.
After 6 months, my weight loss with Atkins stopped no matter how low I cut my carbs. My hair also started falling out and my thyroid was down by 25%. I still think low carb works for me , just not super-low carb.
I moved on to Paleo. I lost 5 more pounds and felt much better. It was more difficult to adapt my lifestyle, though. After a couple months of Paleo, I switched to a moderate carb diet, excluding dairy and gluten. I gained five pounds back but maintained the rest. Still never got sick.
Around the holidays, I switched to gluten free only. Although my allergies & digestive issues significantly improved from strict compliance, my overall well being declined. I started to have sugar cravings again and basic meat-and-veggie meals lost their appeal.
For 2015, I’ve decided to proceed with a diet that includes the best (for me) of all three concepts:
- Keep my carbs on the low side, between 50 – 150/day,
- Focus on whole, unprocessed foods
- Keep my sugar intake low
- Strict gluten-free compliance
I think for me that gluten is my first priority but sugar is the second. I can tell it affects me physically and mentally.
I also am taking liquid multivitamins, a probiotic, L-Glutamine, digestive enzymes and fish oil to help my GI tract & immune system heal, & reduce my systemic inflammation.
Although I feel I have a way to go to reach “good health,” if I look back over the past year I see a tremendous improvement in my quality of life. That motivates me to keep pushing forward.