There are SO many diets out there. How do you know which one is for you? I’ve experimented on myself, and I’d advise you all to do the same. Everyone’s body is different, and while anyone CAN be vegan, or do paleo, or whatever, everyone is not going to feel their best on the same diet or living the same lifestyle. Your body chemistry plays some part, as do your values, and even the point in which you find yourself in life. For example, I do well on a vegan diet when I’m feeling spiritually healthy as well — when I’m feeling and acting a little more “worldly,” this vegan diet, which I’d like to follow, leaves me feeling less than satisfied.

Here, we’re going to look at different diets/food lifestyles, and I would encourage you to choose one that resonates with you and try it out. I listen to people say “I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years,” or “I’ve been raw for a decade,” and that’s awesome! But, as you grow and change during your life, the same way of eating and living may not make sense to stick with–or it might, but either way is OK. I want to destigmatize being flexible in your eating ways — its not hypocrisy, it’s human. I see all these online shouting matches where people slam each other’s diets and talk about how unhealthy they are, and it’s almost like a fight over religion. As with religion, people take on this set of values as their identity, and no one else’s way can be valid, because that would threaten one’s sense of self. In reality, there’s no one magic pill, but there are a million valid paths to whatever it is you want to accomplish — be it enlightenment or a healthy diet.

So fasten your seatbelts and get ready to dig into some common and popular styles of eating.