We often get asked if there is a "best" or "healthiest diet" and typically our answer is that there isn’t one. So many factors are at play but our usual blanket statement is some version of a whole foods diet with an emphasis on vegetables, healthy protein and fat. Depending on your unique needs, health conditions, goals and ethical considerations, a diet can vary drastically from person to person and still be considered healthy.
As Naturopaths, we’ve probably tried almost every diet on the market (anti-inflammatory, ketogenic, paleo, vegan, gluten free, SCD...) to be able to lend patients our perspectives. Most recently, John and I have been implementing intermittent fasting with plant based meals into our routine.
I can honestly say that I haven’t found my “perfect” diet yet, but I’m in constant pursuit. Since implementing a predominantly plant based meal plan as well as intermittent fasting, I’ve been sleeping well, exercising more and feeling great.
With all this hot weather in Portland, salad rolls with cashew dipping sauce have been on the menu.
- For the rolls: Brown rice wraps, carrot (peeled with a potato peeler), tofu, cucumber, mint, thai basil, green leaf lettuce, vermicelli rice noodles (have also added avocado and sautéed shiitake mushrooms).
- For the sauce: cashew butter, honey, tamari, sriracha