Diets by Decade

Diets by Decade

How diets have changed both, over time and in different parts of the world.

I first entered this profession in the 1970s. At that time health food shops were just getting started (UK), so was Naturopathy (Australia).  The diet of the decade was based on weight loss, weight-loss pills, meals-in-a-biscuit (UK) and calorie counting.

In the 1980s, the emphasis was on liquid diets for those wanting to lose weight, and Orthomolecular Nutrition for those who were taking nutrition seriously (Australia) plus the very-low-fat high-carbohydrate Pritikin diet.

In the 1990s, we moved into a more firmly based biochemical approach to nutrition plus diets based on blood types, and an awareness of allergies, and candidiasis.

In the 2000s, the Atkins, high protein, low carbohydrate diet, the 60gm diet, the air force diet or the drinking man’s diet (all the same thing) became popular (though earlier in Australia). Gluten-free also emerged.

In the 2010s we moved to the Paleo diet of raw and locally-produced food low in carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of protein and increased enthusiasm for fats.

As we approach the 2020s the very-low-carbohydrate, fat-rich ketogenic diet is trending in.

With each change, there has been a new mantle of enthusiasts to proclaim the benefits of the latest diets or approaches to nutritional habits. Equally, there has been a similar number who were not enthusiastic.

No wonder people are confused!

The solution to this is not to establish ‘the best diet’ or ‘the diet for the decade’, but instead to figure out each person’s individual metabolic needs, and so the dietary style that best suits their needs. One metabolic type would have done well on the Pritikin diet, a totally different Metabolic type would have done well on the Atkins diet, another would do well on the Paleo diet and yet another would be delighted with the birth and development of the Ketogenic diet.

Don’t go for the trend. Find a practitioner who can help you determine which is the best option for you as an individual. You may well be surprised by the health problems you need no longer live with. We can help, but I’m sure you can find others, maybe nearer to you, who can help also.  If not, we do offer remote appointments via skype or zoom.




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