What is the South Beach Diet?
South Beach, the surf spot in Miami, has long been a haven for locals to indulge in a diet of fried fish and seafood.
But in recent years, locals have begun to notice something different about the city: People are eating less fish, and they’re eating it at a slower pace than usual.
The trend is so pronounced that in recent months, a local health authority has issued an advisory that recommends South Beach residents avoid the seafood and other seafoods.
“We have to get more adventurous with our food choices,” said Steve Waddell, president of South Beach Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that helps local businesses serve meals to the public.
Waddill said the fast-food restaurants he works at have begun using local ingredients.
“I don’t think we’ll ever stop serving fish,” he said.
“If people want to eat seafood, we have a menu of seafood that they can choose from.
We have seafood salads and shrimp and lobster steaks and seafood tacos and we have fish tacos.”
Wadd, who has worked in South Beach for 25 years, said that even though the city has become increasingly popular with its surfers, there are still plenty of people who don’t feel comfortable in the area.
“They just feel that there’s a stigma attached to it,” Wadd said.
Woldell said he was surprised to learn that most people are still eating at the same slow pace that he did.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m still doing the same thing over and over again,'” he said, referring to the fast food restaurants that cater to the surfing crowd.
“That’s just not true.
I’m seeing people come in here and do this for months and months.”
While South Beach is experiencing an uptick in tourists, Waddel said he’s also seen a steady decline in locals who have chosen to go for a less fish-heavy diet.
“In a lot of ways, we’re still in a transitional period,” he added.
“The South Beach diet is very different than what you’re used to, so it’s a little confusing for people who haven’t eaten fish for a long time.”
The South Beach Dietary Guidelines, which was issued in the fall of 2016, recommend that residents avoid fried fish at all costs.
The guidelines also recommend that people eat a diet that includes fruits and vegetables and limit salt intake to no more than 2,000 milligrams per day.
But Waddall said that’s not enough to stop people from indulging in fast food, even if they are going to restaurants that serve it.
“When you’re going to a restaurant and you’re not going to eat the fish, it’s not going anywhere,” he explained.
“People eat it at home, they’re not doing it at the restaurants.
So, if you’re eating fish in restaurants and it’s going to be a meal that you’re sharing, you’re probably not going out to a party.”
Woldll said that some people have told him that they’re just eating their food.
“There are people who are still getting in the habit of eating fish, but they’re getting out of the habit,” he noted. “
Wolds food bank, which is run by the nonprofit National Center for Healthy Living, works to serve low-income people in the Miami area. “
There are people who are still getting in the habit of eating fish, but they’re getting out of the habit,” he noted.
Wolds food bank, which is run by the nonprofit National Center for Healthy Living, works to serve low-income people in the Miami area.
While Waddells food bank offers free meals, Woldells staff will still charge the same fee as an average person.
“A lot of people are just being a little more creative,” he told New York.
“And some of them just don’t realize that they’ve been doing it for so long that they think they’re the only ones.”
Wendell said that while the South Coast is still a place where locals are not eating out as often as they used to be, the food is now a bigger part of the diet for some people.
“At some point, you’ve got to get creative and you’ve also got to take into account that we have some people who have been working in the industry for a very long time and they know how to cook and they don’t have the time or energy or motivation to do that,” he stressed.