The Celtic Diet, written by Breanne Findlay, is in simplistic terms a call to more natural foods and a simpler approach to eating. The age-old claim is that while high-tech has certainly enhanced many aspects of daily lives it has shown detrimental effects in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and overall health. With undefined rules and regulations on the identification of genetically modified foods, the author makes the case that many a person’s moral and religious creeds are being unwittingly violated by every trip to the grocery store. Add to this the condemnation that GM foods have never been comprehensively tested against their natural counterparts for overall nutritional value and the message is clear. According to the Celtic Diet, the less foods are tampered with, the healthier and safer they are.
The Celtic Diet extends its scope beyond simply eating organic foods. The Celtic Diet attempts to delve into the diet and daily lives of the richly diverse group of tribes that defined Celtic culture, and derive any truths as to why and how they could develop such hearty constitutions in an environment with far fewer amenities that are taken for granted today. Evidenced is the fact that the Celts could survive ocean voyages, which was no easy feat. From portions of France and Spain into Germany and the British Isles, snippets of Celtic culture can be witnessed. Beyond simply being a diet, the Celtic Diet offers a snapshot of Celtic history and folklore.
A brief overview of the Celtic Diet reveals some promising strong points. First and foremost the emphasis is on whole foods. The nutritional value of fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, dairy, and even alcohol are looked into. Included are recipe sections organized by primary food group. Some claim that there is no carb counting or calorie counting required, no exercise required, no special foods to buy, and that it is the most inexpensive diet on the market. Just because the Celtic Diet may not emphasize exercise and an active lifestyle this does not mean that an active lifestyle is unnecessary. Discounting individual health problems, eating healthier foods should increase energy levels and lead to a natural decrease in appetite and a natural increase in physical activity.
With up to 80% of the food the typical American eats being processed, preserved, or genetically modified the transition to the Celtic Diet lifestyle will not be easy, but will certainly be rewarding. Regardless of whether the dieter continues to eat Celtic-inspired dishes or branches into other healthy fare including Mediterranean and select Asian cuisines, the Celtic Diet principles will guide the dieter away from processed or preserved foods and more into whole foods. This in turn will develop an awareness of proper nutrition versus packaged convenience. If sound nutrition is learned, weight loss when following the Celtic Diet will likely be safe and permanent, especially if an active lifestyle is added.