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Discovering the Right Diet

When people take responsibility for their own health and begin to investigate various dietary philosophies, they often end up very confused. There are hundreds of diets out there, each with their own compelling logic. There are diets based on religion, ethics, anthropology, moral systems, the seasons, cleansing, blood types. You can choose to be a vegetarian, a vegan, even a fruitarian. You can adopt a macrobiotic diet, a live foods diet, a Paleolithic diet. You can maximise fats or carbohydrates or proteins. You can base your diet on Chinese medicine or Ayurvedic medicine. Each of these systems has persuasive proponents who have benefited from them—often I find myself believing in whichever one I happen to be reading about!

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
—Mark Twain

The problem is, most of

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