Kylie Forseille was addicted to sugar for years. 

She watched her grandfather struggle with Type 2 diabetes and dementia, and realized she wanted her own life and health to be different.  

Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes are correlated to sugar intake, explains Forseille, a certified WildFit coach based in Calgary, who helps clients change their diet to jumpstart their health. WildFit combines the paleo diet and components of the keto diet, and also focuses on food psychology, “which is the most important, because it gives lasting change.  

“Eating healthy has allowed me to do everything I want to, because I take care of my health,” says Forseille, who is in her 20s. “I have all the energy I need all day. I have no brain fog. I get things done. I work the equivalent of two full-time jobs and I don’t feel tired all, because of how I fuel my body and treat myself on a daily basis.” 

Finally, Forseille says: “Focus on where you want to go” –  see yourself living your best life. 

Different styles of diet offer different benefits, notes Marie-Claude Beaulieu, a holistic nutritional consultant with Gutsy Nutrition in Calgary, who holds a certificate of Distinguished Merit from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and brings more than three decades of experience in the medical field to her work, as a retired lab technologist.  

The paleo and keto diets are both rich in healthy fats, which are essential for optimal health, including balanced hormones and a brain firing on all cylinders. 

“It’s been shown that the ketogenic diet can help brain function, bring down insulin production, and enhance mood and sleep. The brain is very much affected by what goes into the gut,” Beaulieu explains. 

“Personally, the paleolithic diet is my favorite,” she adds. “It’s about going back to your ancestral way of living with whole food, grass-fed, pasture-raised organic meat, game meats, wild fish, a whole plant diet, fruits and vegetables, vegetables, vegetables – lots of green vegetables … It’s a lifestyle much more than a diet.” 

According to Beaulieu, “the major goal should be to eliminate processed food. Go organic as much as possible. Reduce carbs, and eliminate processed oils and trans fats. It’s not a matter of counting calories. 

“Whether it’s brain fog, fatigue, moodiness, low energy, abdominal cramps, joint pain, obesity or bad PMS, everything starts in the gut,” she says.  “A variety of vegetables gives the body all the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients you need for your brain to function properly so your mood is uplifted for your day.” 

“it’s amazing that when we change to a really healthy diet, that inflammation, pain and discomfort can go away,” Beaulieu says. “Changing the diet is at the root of it.” 

 Resources: EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce – Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 

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