If you’ve struggled with any sort of digestive issues, you’re not alone — so has Beth Lipton. With an education background in print journalism, Beth’s career path took a turn into the food scene, obtaining both chef and pastry training. But Beth doesn’t stay behind the scenes — she combines her love of writing with her passion for health and food. She’s been a food and nutrition editor with Quick & Simple magazine, a food director at All You magazine and Health magazine, and is now a contributing editor for Clean Plates. It doesn’t just stop at writing and editing, though. Beth has also gone on to become a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is now practicing with Strive/Nourish/Play.
How did she get started? Her digestive issues. After being diagnosed with a “bad stomach,” she wasn’t about to leave it at that. Beth decided to take part in an elimination diet (a “group whole foods cleanse”), and boy did it work wonders. For the first time in her life, she had zero digestive issues and was bursting with energy. Her fix? Cue the paleo diet — the aftermath of the cleanse. Combining the principles of paleo with Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof diet, Beth has found a middle-ground between the two, and that’s where her eating resides today.
Her advice to people is not to get too hung up on rules — that is, of any specific lifestyle or diet. It’s important that whatever lifestyle you follow, it serves you, not the other way around. Her philosophy on diet and lifestyle choices are that they are there to help you be your healthiest self and feel the best you can. Everyone is unique, and what works for you probably won’t work for someone else — and that’s okay.
She also believes that it’s important to make food that’s delicious, do exercises you enjoy, and spend time with the people you love. Whatever habits you adopt, paleo or otherwise, make sure they are enhancing your life, not making it complicated or taking the joy away from it.
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