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What is the best diet for weight loss and keeping it off?

I'm trying to put EVERYTHING into the equation: animal rights, ethics, economy, lifestyle, culinary arts, healthcare priorities and above all, reality...what works best and stays that way?

Vegan, local, paleo, moderation? All of these?

Are dairy products really bad for us? Since when? Worse than fast food? Is sugar really worse than honey?

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    Jun 4 2013: The paleo diet is the best I've seen. All her food is healthy, even the deserts and delicious and nutritious. No not-eating, no "eat whatever you want" or "stop buying all food" ludicrousness.

    Just healthy whole foods in delicious recipes. Yes, most are raw food. BUT I'm not that strict and I find that all the food is very edit-able depending on your tastes, but it's a great outline for nutritious meals.

    Yes, dairy products like milk are not meant to be consumed by humans and there are other ways but beware things fortifed with calcium to- it is most often calcium carbonate, which is not bioavailable and simple gets deposited in the wrong spots because our bodies have no use for it. I recently found out my almond milk is tainted with calcium bicarbonate, so much find a new brand.

    Not to mention many of us are at least lactose sensitive, because we shouldn't be having it in such quantities after a certain age we don't have the enzymes to digest it properly.

    I've heard good things about raw, unpasteurized cows milk, but have no experience with it myself. Goats milk is more easily digestible and comes in non-goaty varieties.

    I practice moderation and am cutting out all preservatives, additives, processed food, process sugar and dyes as much as possible, even making my own bread (shockingly simply good fluffy whole wheat bread with a little research and no added gluten or dough conditoners). - Since they're just unnecessary added chemicals.

    Sugar is much worse than honey when processed. Little as possible of both is best. But here's the thing- you're only supposed to use 1/3 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar and if you scale it like that it makes much more sense. Honey also has some health benefits but I'd much more recommend BEE POLLEN. You can actually live off 1tblspoon of the stuff a day, it's such a complete food. If also has anti-carcinogenic effects among many other things.

    Majority greens + natural supplements + hiking, yoga = Happy & healthy you.
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        Jun 5 2013: You are right, but don't hate diet promoters. :) There is a tendency to recommend what worked for you and swear by it, even if it was something completely crazy and illogical. We should correct this. If people are wrong, let's do something about it.
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      Jun 5 2013: Hi, Madeleine! The use of the word 'outline' is good. Any diet plan is merely an outline.
      I have the theory that more people became lactose sensitive or intolerant the moment lactose-free (which really means lactase-fortified) milk became available.
      I am familiar with the idea that 'we shouldn't be drinkng milk after a certain age', but why? We've made cheese and milk products forever. Suddenly it's bad for us?
      Did agriculture really cause that much damage? Did it all go downhill from there?
      And what you say about bee pollen is just crazy. As crazy as a maple syrup detox. I am scared of the power given to single foods. I get emails like 'your friend the kiwifruit' all the time. Eating kiwi won't save me from having cancer if it's in my nature. No matter how awesome and full of antioxidants and bright green it is. It just won't.
      No single food can provide anyone's daily nutritional requirements in a tablespoon.
      I really wish it could- imagine what it would do to world hunger.
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        Jun 5 2013: I wasn't in any way recommending only eating bee pollen, it was just something interesting I read about people only living on bee pollen and water for more than a month. I think it's crazy, too, and by no means sustainable and I don't know about an analysis of it - I was just stating an example of what an interesting food I found it to be. I'm sorry I didn't clarify, I didn't expect to get lambasted like that.

        I don't think all dairy is bad, I think moderation is key and what's bad is the ultra pasteurization it goes through see http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ | Also, with such availability of other sources nowadays I think we should be utilizing those instead: kale, collard greens, almonds, oranges, etc.

        Actually, all of us have cancer cells and genes in our body that make us more prone to certain disease, the trick is to not to encourage growth of negative cells. No, a single kiwi will not save you - but eating whole foods, majority greens and cutting out things like sugar/excess glucose that feed all cells BUT effectively disable you're immune system from fighting and keeping the bad ones in check is a good start.

        As well as using gentle soaps and cutting out body washes, perfumes, make up, laundry detergents based on chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate that cause nerve damage (and it's supposedly safe to use on our bodies largest organ, the skin) is another good preventative measure against diseases such as cancer.

        Agriculture could be great, it's just the way it's implemented is completely unsustainable. And as of now, there are more obese people than starving people in the world. It's just a very badly managed system.
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          Jun 5 2013: Sorry if you felt lambasted... not my intention. I think your way of thinking is good for you as well as the environment. And yes, agriculture desperately needs a renewal. We are making bad use of incredible extensions of land.

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