With today’s population living longer health and wellness is a prominent focus in many people’s lives. Also with the advancements of medicine we now know much more about how what we eat affects our health. There are a variety of specialty diets people have chosen to ‘follow’ in order to live healthy lifestyles and feel their personal best. But what exactly are these diets and what do they mean?
Dairy-Free Diets: These diets contain either no dairy or use dairy substitutes such as soymilk, dairy-free cheese, almond milk, etc. Many people suffer from lactose intolerance or dairy allergies. Even without an actual allergy some people feel better eating dairy free due to a natural lack of the enzyme lactase which digests lactose. *Eggs are not dairy.
Gluten-Free Diets: Growing widely in popularity these diets began for those with Celiac Disease- a chronic digestive disorder where individuals experience a toxic immune response when ingesting gluten. The disease is said to be strongly genetic and can cause a number of clinical symptoms, however even individuals with no symptoms can still be damaging their intestines. Gluten is a protein found in grains (wheat, rye, barley). Even those without diagnosed Celiac Disease have vowed that eating gluten free has made them feel less bloated, have more energy and have a more balanced digestion.
Vegan Diets: Vegan requires dieters to avoid both animal and animal by-products (such as milk, cheese, honey) – think plant based eating. Most vegan diets contain a good amount of whole grains, dried beans, nuts, non-dairy milk, veggies and dried fruits. Although being vegan takes much control and planning many people feel a strong commitment to this lifestyle for personal beliefs and health reasons.
Vegetarian Diets: Vegetarian diets are centered more on fruits and vegetables and do not exclude animal by-products allowing for milk, cheese, etc. It is said that in general “vegetarians consume less saturated fats and cholesterol than people on an average American diet….as well as a reduced risk for chronic diseases.” – Whole Foods Market
Cru strives to serve fresh, local dishes each day, and we do our best to make each plate to order. We are happy to accommodate to each individuals dietary preferences and needs, and encourage a healthy lifestyle- whatever yours may be!