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Reach Diet Goals with Fresh Thyme’s Help

It’s January and dieting is on our minds after a wee bit of holiday indulging. Then again, it seems dieting is never far from our thoughts. A few years ago, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released survey results showing nearly 50% of U.S. adults had tried to lose weight the previous 12 months. That’s a lot of people thinking about dieting!

People want a diet that suits their food values and health needs, but there is no one-size-fits-all diet. Everyone’s body and lifestyle is unique, which is why there’s more than one route to healthy eating. Young or old, couch potato or triathlete, you’re sure to find a diet tailored to your specific needs and goals.

No matter what your dietary needs, Fresh Thyme has an abundance of foods and drinks to satisfy every requirement. We even have loads of delicious recipes. Ever try Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup with Homemade Croutons? That’s just one example of a healthful Fresh Thyme recipe tailored to meet dietary requirements.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular diets, as well as ways Fresh Thyme can help with the menus.

 

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a hot trend right now, but it’s been around for quite a while. IF involves fasting for a set period of time, prompting the body to exhaust its stores of sugar and start burning fat. Research has shown IF can be a valuable ally in managing weight and avoiding certain chronic diseases. That sounds pretty good, but the question is, how long are you prepared to go without food?

One of the easiest regimens is eating for 12 hours and fasting for 12 hours. This cuts down on nighttime snacking and may entail skipping breakfast, but take heart because the majority of fasting occurs while you sleep. With an 8-hour window for eating followed by 16 hours of fasting, the 16:8 IF routine is more challenging. Then there are whole-day fasts like the 5:2 IF, with 2 days of fasting wedged into 5 days of regular chowing down.

Confused yet? Don’t be. IF basically takes a page out of our Stone Age past, when our ancestors would have to go without eating until they successfully hunted or foraged for their next meal. Turns out, our bodies are used to that routine. But beware, going too long without food can be dangerous, so check with your doctor before starting IF.

How Fresh Thyme Can Help

Some 24-hour fasts allow up to 500 calories to be consumed during the fast. We say make those calories count! Fresh Thyme has a large selection of low-calorie snacks as well as naturally low-calorie fruits and vegetables. With our selections, your tummy needn’t rumble!

 

Paleo

Speaking of our Stone Age past, the Paleo diet would make any caveman or cavewoman feel right at home. Yep, that means eating plenty of hunter-gatherer stuff like lean meats and fish, fruit, berries, nuts, and seeds. Paleo limits or excludes foods that entered our diets when farming first emerged some 10,000 years ago—dairy products, grains, and legumes—assuming our bodies are genetically mismatched to those types of foods.

How Fresh Thyme Can Help

Fresh Thyme has everything you need, with a great assortment of Paleo-friendly meats and fish, not to mention the freshest fruits and vegetables this side of the farm stand. Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive or walnut oil, are also available. We also have specialty items you might not expect in a Paleo diet, such as pancake & waffle mix, baking flour, and an assortment of mouthwatering cookies!

 

Mediterranean

The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating habits of the people living around the Mediterranean Sea. With well over a dozen countries represented in the mix, you can bet there are some cultural differences, one reason there is no standard Mediterranean diet. There are, however, some common foods and factors, including:

  • fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds
  • olive oil
  • eggs, fish, poultry, and dairy products such as cheese
  • red wine
  • minimal red meat

How Fresh Thyme Can Help

Browse the Bulk Department to stock up on seeds, nuts, and dried fruits, then head over to Fresh Produce, where a potpourri of fruits and vegetables await. Fresh Thyme also has other staples of the Mediterranean diet, such as beans, whole grains, extra-virgin olive oil, and organic red wines.

 

Clean Eating

Clean eating is about avoiding foods your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize (or foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce!). Instead, you concentrate on whole foods that are minimally processed and free of preservatives or additives. There are various take-offs on clean eating, including some diets that avoid sugar, carbs, dairy or other foods for a set period of time, then gradually reintroduce them to see if there is any effect on the way a person looks or feels.

How Fresh Thyme Can Help

Fresh Thyme has everything needed for clean eating and its variants: fruits; vegetables; seafood; natural flavorings such as fresh herbs, spices, and honey; dried fruit; nuts; and seeds. Plus we stock vitamins and supplements to round out whichever variation of the diet you choose.

 

Keto

The ketogenic diet features a high fat/low carbohydrate menu with the goal of burning more fat. Say what? Eat more fat to burn more fat? It sounds strange, but the premise is that we can coax the body to enter a metabolic state that burns stored fat by moderating protein and severely restricting carbs. Originally conceived as a treatment for epilepsy, the keto diet has gone mainstream, with several popular variations mixing up the fat:protein:carb ratio. There are potential risks with this diet, so consult a doctor before starting it.

How Fresh Thyme Can Help

Fresh Thyme carries all the staples of the keto diet, including berries, nonstarchy vegetables, meats, salmon and other fatty fish, and whole-milk dairy. We also stock lots of convenient packaged keto products, such as granola and energy bars, bone broth soup, almond butter, shake mixes, nutritional supplements, and a host of sugar-free and low-carb items.