Sirtfood top 20s, including chilis, coffee and lemon

The Sirtfood diet

The Sirtfood Diet

On our blog before we’ve talked about all kinds of restrictive diets, from AIP keto, to paleo. These diets are adopted by millions of people globally for a variety of different reasons: to manage chronic illness, to lose weight, to stay (feeling) young or to boost energy and constitution. Paleo and keto are two well-known diets, but there’s a new re-emerging star which may suit people who love to indulge in delicious food like red wine, dark chocolate, bacon and big juicy steaks.

And if you’re a fan of Adele, you probably know it: the Sirtfood diet. 

The sirtfood diet is relatively new in the world of restrictive diets, having been conceived only 7 years ago with claims to drop weight, maintain muscle and prevent, or decrease the effects of, chronic illness. The science behind sirtfood diet comes down to the proteins naturally created in the human body: these seven proteins (sirtuins) have been shown to regulate a variety of important body functions including metabolism, inflammation and lifespan. According to the minds behind the diet, if you can eat a certain array of foods which excite these proteins, you can boost your metabolism, feel and look better, and live longer!  

Proponents of the sirtfood diet will tell you that not only does it work, but it’s the easiest diet to do. 

The top 20 sirtfood foods (aka foods that can safely be include on your plate any time) include kale, strawberries, onion and walnuts; also dark chocolate, coffee, matcha, bird’s eye chilis, red wine and extra virgin olive oil; kale, soy, parsley, turmeric, arugula (rocket), lovage, Medjool dates, red chicory and capers. Unlike paleo, any form of carb you can find in buckwheat is a-okay. A staple of the diet plan is their signature green juice, which is made from matcha, kale, arugula, parsley, green celery, an apple and some lime juice. 

The diet officially begins by drinking three juices a day for the first three days, accompanied by one sirtuin-rich meal. Then, on the fourth to seventh day, you consume two juices and two sirtuin-heavy meals. Then, in the final phase of active dieting, you eat three sirt-food meals and one green juice a day (sirtfood snacks allowed!). After a total of 2 weeks of dieting, you’re expected to go off book and keep sirtfood-ing!

Now, this all sounds well and good for someone who enjoys kale and berries and warm drinks, but how does meat come into play? 

In fact, sirtfood experts expect poultry and fish to be involved in the sirtfood diet. The initial phase of the diet also allows up to 750g (per week) of red meats, so that means any of your favourite lean meats are good to go. Sirtfood meals like salmon salad, chicken, kale and broccoli or these delicious Malabar prawns are packed full of high-quality meat, delicious produce and enough proteins to excite your body’s metabolism.  

There are, of course, concerns and risks for any restrictive diet. Sudden calorie reduction or a major change from your previous diet or intake can cause possible issues for someone’s digestive system. Also, getting too excited and eating dark chocolate and wine for every meal is not exactly the road to perfect health. Plus, if you find yourself going hungry after dinner or breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for the easy, more processed snacks to satisfy yourself.  Depending on the availability and quality of produce, your activity level, the time you can spend in the kitchen and how much you like green juice, the Sirtfood diet may or may not be right for you. 

One thing to take away from this diet, and something that’s unique from others, is to consistently eat high-quality, delicious and balanced meals. Buying organic, free-range or grassfed meats, avoiding pesticides and insecticides, and choosing consciously the food to put in your body: that’s the road to health, wellness and happiness. 

Would you try the Sirtfood diet?