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One thing that turns people off from healthy eating is the idea that there is one “right” way to eat. The truth is, we’re all different, with different physical bodies, backgrounds, preferences, routines, and so forth. Instead of hunting for the “perfect” diet we should focus finding the best eating habits for ourselves and our lifestyle.

This post from No Meat Athlete identifies the one essential for better eating: more whole foods, less processed. If you stick to that, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, or eat a little bit of everything, your body will be getting more nutrients and less junk. Which equals better health overall (it’s also budget friendly — those ready meals and M&S sandwiches add up fast!)

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Here’s what No Meat Athlete’s Matt Frazier has to say about healthy eating…. To read the whole post click here.

A lot of seemingly “extreme” diets work. But just when you’re tempted to buy into one, you hear about a diet that’s extreme on the other side of the spectrum that also works.

The Paleo diet (and its close relative, Primal) focuses on high-protein, high fat, and lower carbohydrates. And it’s become huge among athletes, most notably the CrossFit crowd.

But then there’s fruitarianism (also known as “30 bananas a day“), which is 80 percent carbohydrates. And Michael Arnstein, the most visible leader of the movement, just won the Vermont 100-miler.

And of course, there’s “plain old” veganism, which today I’ll call “plant-based,” to remove any moral or ethical connotation. Ultramarathon great Scott Jurek eats what appears to be a pretty traditionally-balanced vegan diet. Then there’s Brendan Brazier, Thrive author and former pro Ironman triathlete, who also eats plant-based, but focuses more on raw and alkaline-forming foods.

How can such wildly differing diets all produce healthy people, elite athletes even?

The only logical conclusion is that the mix of nutrients you eat simply doesn’t matter all that much. (Which is why its ridiculous to obsess over nutrition numbers.)

What these diets have in common is that every one of them focuses on whole foods and avoids processed food. That’s what you have to do to make your diet healthy.

Share your best tip for better eating in the comments!