Popular Diets

Frequently Used Diets – uses and information

The following is informational only. This site does not promote any particular diet. Any of the following diets may be suggested by a healthcare provider, or may be chosen for a variety of reasons. Each individual makes his/her own choice. This blog is dedicated simply to facilitating your culinary endeavors, whatever they may be.

For information as to how to get started on a healthier diet, customized for you, please see How to “Eat Healthy”.

Clean Eating

  • Old concept, new name.
  • No processed foods. Eat foods that come out of the ground, or from a tree or bush.
  • Eat whole, unrefined foods
  • Eat smaller, frequent meals, 5-6 per day
  • Eat balanced meals, including protein, carbs, and good fat
  • Organic is preferred
  • Drink lots of water

DASH – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

  • Used to promote heart health
  • Focus on foods rich in nutrients which lower blood pressure, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium
  • Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lowfat dairy, fish, poultry and nuts
  • Limit red meats and sweets

SC Diet – Specific Carbohydrate Diet

  • Used by IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) patients with Crohn’s Disease
  • Organizational resource for up-to-date information concerning IBD – CCFA www.ccfa.org 
  • Publication for outlining SC Diet – Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall
  • Foods allowed/not allowed – Click here
  • Short video: Click here
  • More videos: Click here
  • Note: Many people with IBD also have gluten intolerance or allergy

Plant-based, High Fiber, Low Protein – essentially Mediterranean

  • Recommended for IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) patients with Ulcerative Colitis
  • Great resource for information concerning IBD – CCFA www.ccfa.org 
  • Short video: Click here
  • Note: Many people with IBD also have gluten intolerance or allergy
  • Note: As with any diet, there is no one-size-fits-all here. Studies are constantly being done, opinions vary and change over time. Consult your physician.

Mediterranean Diet

  • Recommended for general health, as well as a variety of specific illnesses
  • Ingredients vary depending on the region
  • Generally consists of plant-based oils, seafood, vegetables, and fruits


  • Used by IBS (Irratable Bowel Syndrome) patients
  • Eliminates foods which are not easily digested by the small intestine, creating trauma for the large intestine.
  • Foods eliminated include lactose, gluten, and specific sugars


  • Used by people with Coeliac’s Diseasse and anyone who is gluten intolerant

Diabetes Diet

  • Reduces sugars and simple carbohydrates
  • Focus on eating healthy carbohydrates, fiber-rich foods, heart-healthy fish, and “good” fats.
  • Avoid high glycemic-index foods, saturated fats, trans-fats, high salt


  • Defined by the individual
  • Generally animal-free, may include dairy and/or eggs
  • Chosen for a variety of reasons, including health, compassion, environmental issues, and religion


  • Eliminates all animal products, including honey
  • Incorporates life-style. In its strict form, leather products are avoided as well

Raw foods

  • Based on the belief that foods have the greatest nutritional value when they are kept as close to their natural state as possible
  • Food preparation techniques include dehydration and sprouting


  • A.k.a. Caveman diet, or hunter/gatherer diet
  • Allows fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts & seeds, healthy fats (plant based). Allowed in moderation: raw honey, stevia
  • Avoid grains, beans, dairy, starches, alcohol
  • No processed foods
  • Very similar to the SC Diet


  • Based on the concept that specific food are either beneficial or detrimental to individuals based on their blood type


  • Frequently used to prevent and fight cancer, diabetes, colitis, heart disease, and other serious illness
  • Whole-grains based, utilizes local and seasonal vegetables, legumes, and sea vegetables
  • Macrobiotics 101 – Click here
  • Resources: Kushi Institute
  • Recommended Reading: The Macrobiotic Way by Michio Kushi and Stephen Blauer
  • SEVEN DAY MACROBIOTICS DIET – complete with grocery list, menu, and recipes, one-week healing diet plan. This is based on recipes and recommendations from  The Macrobiotic Way by Michio Kushi and Stephen Blauer.

Standard American Diet (SAD) – Can’t help you with this one – I draw the line there…

  • One of my college professors once told me that Americans are sometime referred to as “food monkeys” because it is believed that they will put anything into their mouths.

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