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What is a "Diet" to me?—A few thoughts 💭 from a Gastroenterologist 🥼 in 2020

Updated: Jul 27, 2023


It took me many years in clinical practice as a Gastroenterologist to find the "diet" for me.


No proper "diet" or pattern of dietary choices is the best fit for everyone.


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I use the word "diet" to mean "choices."


Choices in terms of what I eat. The same goes for what you eat. It is mostly—if not all—a choice.


How much. When. What. As in much of our life. All choices.


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A meal I made at home in 8 min

I was coached to focus on a diet “rich in vegetables, nutrient & fiber-rich carbohydrates, lean protein, and small amounts of healthy fats”—and I’m a Gastroenterologist. 🥼


I was eating "healthy" back in 2018. But not "smartly."


Piling dried fruits and nuts on a salad, adding hummus in large portions, and consuming fruit drinks (with 52 grams of sugar per bottle)


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Read the labels

I lost 15 pounds in 3 months in 2018. Decreased ~5% body fat. I changed my approach to eating and portion control. I saw a shift in my life on many levels.


Now I share "Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿"


Why?


Because I am sharing what works for me and what I now routinely recommend to my patients.


I focus on sharing my choices that support long-standing, sustainable, healthy, and balanced weight loss.


🥬 Join me on LinkedIn, where I focus my sharing on Health, Nutrition, Diet, and Balance. I post “Lunch 🥗 with @dr.dooreck” on LinkedIn or post what I eat on Instagram and Facebook @dr.dooreck.


Do I eat a strict low-carb diet, like the Keto diet?


⚠️ Note that specific low-carb diets have roles, like the ketogenic diet, for individualized medical 🏥 conditions that may benefit from it. I do not feel the keto diet is a wise long-term approach to healthy eating.



Here are some of the basics of how I eat.


I grew up without any meat 🥩 fish 🐟 or poultry 🍗. Still living close to that. I’m mostly plant-based 🌱 now. Feel the best that way.

I drink 4L+ a day of water. 💧💦 Recommend that to all my patients. Especially if they have constipation.

What is my diet?


  • One based on simple, healthy choices and easy-to-prepare meals.

  • One that is not too restrictive, obsessive, or complicated.

  • That is not a starvation or fasting diet but a component of a balanced lifestyle change.


What is the general idea?


Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿


Balance. Portion control. Lots of greens. Proteins, fats, and carbs too! No pills. No supplements.

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Even I needed resetting and coaching.


I started to reassess how I ate. How much. How often.


I went to a "coach." I mentioned above that even as a Gastroenterologist—I needed coaching on "reset" my "healthy" eating, nutrition, and dietary choices. I needed accountability. We all do.


If it helps—and is a starting point for you—🥬 then join me on LinkedIn or follow what I post on Instagram and Facebook @dr.dooreck. Connect. Ask. Share. Message me. Just ask. No worries.


I believe in the highest levels of accessibility, responsibility, and accountability.

I just so happen to be a Board-Certified Gastroenterologist.

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Personally


I eat a high-fiber, mostly plant-based 🌱 diet, no red meat, drink 4 liters of water a day, exercise, and am focused on keeping nutrition simple. I am sharing what works for me and what I routinely recommend to my patients.


"Balance. Portion control. Keep nutrition simple. Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. 🌱 🌾 🌿"

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