To EAT - OR NOT TO EAT
People follow diets for different reasons. It can be because of medical reasons, allergy, weight loss, or intolerance to some food. So if you want to learn more about the various types of diets and what it is for, here is a diet guide depending on the goal/plan or if you want to limit or avoid animal consumption.
|Diet Name||Goal | Plan|
|Alkaline Diet||Avoid acid forming foods and habits – increase water intake|
|American Heart Association – Low Sodium Diet||Heart Health/ Limit Sodium to 1500mg per day|
|Anti-Inflammatory Diet||High intake of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, omega rich fatty acids, cold water fish, turmeric and cinnamon (similar to Mediterranean Diet) Avoids: red meat, processed grains, sugar|
|Atkins Diet||Weight Loss/ Carbohydrate Restriction – initially 20 grams of Carbohydrates per day|
|Consistent Carbohydrate Diet – Diabetic Diet||Stabilize blood sugar/ Equal amount of Carbohydrates each meal|
|Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – DASH Diet||Reduce Blood Pressure/ Limit Sodium to 2300mg per day|
|Gluten Free – Celiac Disease Diet||Avoid all gluten containing products i.e. wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and some oats|
|Glycemic Index Diet||Stabilize blood sugar/ Weight loss/ Distinguishes Good Carbohydrates from Bad Carbohydrates|
|Intermittent Fasting i.e. Dubrow Diet, Fasting Diet, Snake Diet||Calorie restriction through limited eating window or cycles of fasting|
|Ketogenic Diet (Various versions of Ketogenic diet alter the Macronutrient break down)||Weight Loss / Standard Calorie break down: 75% Fat, 5% Carbohydrates, 20% Protein|
|Low Lectin Diet/ Dr. Gundry Plant Paradox||Avoid foods with lectin proteins including Nightshade vegetables/fruits, legumes, squash, corn, corn fed animal products including A1 milk|
|Macrobiotic Diet||Meditative diet aimed to achieve inner balance/ primarily whole grains and whole living foods|
|Mayo Clinic Diet||Weight Loss/ Healthy eating/ Follows Mayo Clinic food pyramid|
|Mediterranean Diet||Longevity, Cancer prevention, Heart Health|
|Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay -MIND Diet||Limited evidence to suggest slows the development of Alzheimer’s/ combines Mediterranean and DASH diets|
|Paleo Diet||Restricts grains and processed foods (also referred to as the caveman diet)|
|Raw Food Diet||Nothing heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Renal Diet – Low Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Protein||Reduce waste load on kidneys (individuals receiving Dialysis require higher Protein intake)|
(several types described below)
|Limit or avoid animal consumption|
|Flexitarian||Plant based diet with occasional meat/animal product consumption|
|Lacto-Vegetarian||Plants and dairy products / no animal flesh or eggs|
|Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian||Plants, dairy and eggs/ no animal flesh|
|Pescatarian||Plants and seafood including fish/ no other meat or eggs|
|Pollotarian||Plants and poultry, fowl and eggs|
|Vegan Diet||No animal products or by-product|
|Very Low Calorie Diet (VLC)||Weight Loss (Metabolic Alterations) Limit 800 Calories per day/ Micronutrient dense|
|Volumetrics Diet||Weight loss/ Healthy eating/ based on Calorie density of foods|
|Weight Watchers||Assign points values to food based on Calories, Fat and Fiber content. Generally, encourages healthful eating and calorie reduction.|
|Zone Diet||Every meal includes 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein, 30% Fat by volume|
I live on Kaua’i, a beautiful small island in the mid-Pacific. And, like the island, my kitchen is small – as small as a kitchen should ever be, especially if you love to cook and prepare all the food from scratch.
When you have a small kitchen, you understand and appreciate every square inch of your small space, and following the dictum that “less is more,” I am constantly cutting down on my appliances and tools — only keeping what is most useful. In small spaces, you have to be smart organizing your storage, and clever at how you use your cooking area. This all means less cluttered and purposefully curated space.
As I don’t have a lot of storage, I think carefully about every ingredient I acquire, and opt for fresh ingredients in small quantities, as they all have to fit in. Every tool and appliance I own has a purpose — there are no useless, trendy gadgets.
Clutter is not an option. I simply can’t afford to let my limited space get messy or unorganized, as I need to be able to fit all our dishes, glasses, food, and appliances in my small physical space. The upside is that it takes less time to keep the kitchen clean and organized.
In spite of the space constraints, I still strive to make great food. I experiment a lot as I consider cooking one of my creative outlets – a tiny workspace does not diminish the quality or taste of what I create.