What diet is best for you? Food is confusing because of everything on the internet and social media.  Have you ever been on a diet?  Being on a restricted diet is one of the fastest ways to mess up your hormones, metabolism and mood.  Why should you care? Hormones and metabolism are critical for weight management.


Restricting Foods

I’m prepping for a huge medical test. As a result, I must eat super low carbs, high protein and fat.  They sent detailed instructions which is basically meat, eggs, 1/4 cup of almonds, walnuts or pistachios, 1/2 to 1 cup of non starchy vegetables and 1 cup of salad.  Bacon and eggs is suggested for breakfast. No fruits or complex carbs at all and even peanut butter is restricted.

High Fat Low Carb and High Protein

If you follow this type of diet, you could be missing out on fibre, micronutrients, go into ketosis, have low energy and more symptoms. Your brain needs Glucose to function. Glucose comes from fruits, vegetables and all of the “carbs” you consume.

  • You eat the food, it makes it way to your stomach, acids and enzymes break the food down into tiny pieces and during this process, glucose is released. Hello energy.
  • Not every diet is for every person.
  • Listen to your body and pay attention to what food/drinks you respond best to.

Stop Saying Don’t Eat That Food

When you tell yourself you “can’t have something”, that’s all you want or think about.  Do not restrict your diet unless you have to because of allergies or intolerance.  I consume mostly a plant based diet because it’s what my body responds best to.  I know I’m a big carb burner which means I can eat a lot so I’m quite hungry restricting my diet. A few thoughts for you:

  • I can’t wait to eat a date, apple, avocado,  hummus, hemp seeds, beans or refried bean dip, squash and sweet potatoes.  All of which are off limits as I prep for my  test.
  • This diet would is quite restrictive yet it resembles the “keto diet” and tons of people do it daily.
  • My brain feels foggy, I’m quite hungry and although it’s temporary, this is not the diet for me.
  • Food is meant to be enjoyed!
  • We teach our clients in our 28 Day Shape Up Program to pay attention to their body .  If you want a laid our for you plan with 67 recipes,  check it out.

Good Diet Tidbits to Follow

Remove the labels of high fat low carb and high protein.  Think of food as fuel.  Dieting sucks for your body, do this instead
  • Drink lots of water daily *even mild dehydration can be confused with hunger.  Try this Lemon Detox water
  • Herbal teas and vegetables count toward your daily water intake.
  • Reduce processed food when possible *things like cereal, cheese, boxed and canned food, cookies, almost all boxed or bagged treats, chips, frozen meals, bacon, pizzas, etc. Preservatives are added to prolong shelf life.

Be Kind to yourself

  • Choose foods with the least amount of ingredients *make sure you can identify what they are.
  • Limit “added sugar, dextrose, maltose, fructose, added salt, MSG (monosodium glutamate), hydrogenated oil”.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables, frozen or fresh.
  • Choose a mix of animal and plant protein.
  • Make your own salad dressing here


  • Eat healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados, chia, hemp, olive, coconut or avocado oil.
  • Be aware of portion sizes.  This is the most difficult for our clients.  Measure at first, once you learn portion sizes, you won’t need to anymore.
  • Eat when you are hungry, not just because you “want something or are bored”.
  • Glucose is the primary source of energy for our body. Glucose comes from the carbohydrates we eat (almost everything has carbs in it).

Examples of Low Carb Vegetables

You don’t have to go high fat low carb and high protein. Find balance.  These are great choices as they are “lower on the glycemic index” which is great for balancing sugar crashes. They also come with a fibre to balance out the “carbs” in the vegetables. Reach for:
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber

Which veggies would you choose first here?


  • Green beans
  • Green peppers
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • White mushrooms
  • Zucchini

Examples of Root and Starchy Vegetables

These vegetables are higher on the glycemic index and tend to “spike” our insulin levels.  They are much better than processed food and should be consumed in an every day diet.  It’s mostly the yummy vegetables that we tend to crave and over eat.  Examples are:
  • Acorn Squash
  • Beets
  • Butternut Squash
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Green Peas
  • Green Peas
  • Turnips
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams


Click here to be the first to know when my Recipe Book launches. High fat low carb and high protein is not for me but it might be for you.  Eat meals plans that aren’t so restrictive and your body responds well to. “Restrict added sugar” as much as possible.   Most of the time, support your body with great food.  When you don’t eat perfect, no worries.  It’s great to shock your body every now and again with the “unhealthier” treats.

Trina Medves xo

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