5 Diets That Can Improve Health and Wellness

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When he commented on high-end vegan restaurants to Forbes, Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland said that, “The new wave of veganism is more about health than animal welfare. For better or worse, this is why it will have more staying power.” But there are other nutrition-based lifestyle changes people are choosing to improve their health. While some may enter into a dietary change hoping to lose weight, others embark on new eating routines to create better, overall health.

Former President Bill Clinton exemplifies this decision. Clinton spoke about his lifestyle changes to AARP The Magazine. “I just decided that I was the high-risk person, and I didn’t want to fool with this anymore. And I wanted to live to be a grandfather,” Clinton said. “So I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.”

Along the way, he lost about 20 pounds and gained energy. But what worked for Clinton may not work for everyone else. As certain diets become popular, they receive more medical attention, and more people become willing to test them out. Some, like being gluten-free, are because of abnormal responses in the body to foods. That doesn’t mean that other people will not feel better from changing their eating habits. Here are five diets that are popular now, including what can and cannot be consumed.