I have been asked what I think about the Paleo Diet?

Here is my answer to YOU:

I haven't gone into the Paleo diet extensively, I think that is because that I don't necessarily agree with diets:

I definitely don't believe that one size fits all. Over my 26 plus years of practicing as a Naturopathic Practitioner many of my clients become quite distressed and confused about what foods to eat.

People often have individual cultural preferences, this needs to be taken into place when working with people regarding their dietary needs.

I like some of the Paleo principles regarding going back to basics whereby we eliminate processed foods and only eat fresh foods directly from the land.
This has always been my first step from doing this I have had my clients then going from eating packaged foods to going to the markets to buy fresh produce, that is a huge step for many. I encourage my clients to be mindful of what they eat - http://julieshealthcare.com.au/services/mindful-nutrition/

It is important to take notice of how you and your tummy feels after eating specific foods.
I do encourage my clients to have lean cuts of meat not including the animal fat because after discussing this with many heart surgeons this is a major problem along with trans fats as to heart disease and blocked arteries.

I have found that by discussing the pros and cons of foods is the best way to make a conscious decision as to what will work best.
This then gives my clients the opportunity to put into place a healthy balanced diet that suites them and their lifestyle.
As for the brain: Fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and green vegetables will protect the brain without bringing harm elsewhere.
I believe with diet there are some very basic rules but it all boils down to Fresh food is best: 70% of our daily intake being Vegetables, 5 - 10% fruit, 10 - 15% Animal protein limiting red meat to 2 - 3 times per week alternate days, Fish ( if people don't like fish then maybe just a couple of vegetarian meals with beans), and a couple of meals of chicken.
I have found that for most of my clients this works really well without too many dramas and they basically design their own eating regime.

For more individual situations here is some suggestions for you to consider - http://juliedoherty.net/category/nutrition/

Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D

Author's Bio: 

Hi I’m Julie,

Your Health & Lifestyle Coach Specialist
(Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)

I learnt very early in my life that there was much more to health than meets the eye

To achieve “Optimal Health” is about taking control of every aspect of YOU and YOUR LIFE:

That “Optimal Health” is only possible when we understand the unity of our mind, emotions connections to our physical body then our soul that inner voice that knows what is good and not good for us: Not to aim for Perfection but for Connection.

I love to work with people who dedicated who want to succeed in all areas of their life with the understanding that "Health is the very foundation for this to be possible"

So for over 26 years, I have worked with thousands of people in clinical practice prescribing herbal & homoeopathic remedies: implementing dietary changes so as to accommodate the best nutrition and life balance possible:Group and individual Health & Lifestyle Coaching to achieve the Happiest, Healthiest and Most Successful Life Possible.

My Professional Qualifications include Diplomas in Naturopathic, Herbal: Homoeopathic & Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic Massage Therapy: Body Mind Balancing Cognitive Counselling, Life Coaching & Massage: & Natural Beauty:

1.I love to watch movies that are based on true life stories with all the aspects of Life, love, romance, challenges and best of all happy endings.
2.I am born and bred Australian, South Australian with an English, German and Italian background
3.I didn’t commence my formulative studies until I was 28 years of age
4.I am so totally in Love with my husband of now 42 years
5.My family is the most important aspect of my life
6.I am totally passionate and focused on Health and Aging Well.
7.I love Healthy, Fresh food and Dining out
8.I try to go without drinking wine, but I have to admit that when we go out for dinner or have friends over, I do enjoy the odd glass or two of Savion Blanc
9.I love my early morning walks, just seeing the sun come up and the birds singing is just AWESOME
10.I want to live overseas for three months
11.I am obsessed with self-development books and CD’s
12.I love writing, sharing all the great things about life
13.I love hearing my clients life stories and sharing mine
14.I am living proof that by taking charge of your life will allow you to follow your passions, give you the opportunity of to age with great health and vitality.

Julie Doherty N.D
Accredited Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society