We have been led to believe that there is a certain diet that works for ALL. Its absurd! We are so biochemically unique. Your nutritional needs are very different to your friend, sister, cousin and mother, yet our diet these days is based on numbers- counting calories and grams of carbohydrates/protein rather than looking at food as a source of nourishment and healing. Sadly this has caused us to have a very broken relationship with food and our bodies. And on top of this we compare our diet to others and we stop listening to the true needs of our bodies.
This may be a good time to mention that following a ‘balanced diet’ does not necessarily mean you are getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals that your body is requiring. The government has set guidelines for us (the public) and dieticians as a guide and it confidently states that if we follow these guidelines and eat a balance of macro nutrients (carbs, proteins and fats) we will get all the nutrients we need. This is not the case because food these days is not what it used to be. We are eating food that has come from damaged soil that is lacking in all of the essential minerals OR the food we find in the supermarkets is laden in pesticides (unless organic) OR it is refined into a form that is hard to even tell if it is still food. The food industry is a multi billion-dollar industry, and at the end of the day – your health is not the priority here.
It’s amazing to me that some dieticians will tell their clients to eat ANY carbohydrate and ANY protein for breakfast, for instance- as long as it is the right measurements’ (numbers numbers numbers) as that will give you the right balance. That means I can have a cup of coco pops right? Or ok, better- 3 weetbix with skim milk (milk to be the protein source.. ouch!) or a piece of whole-wheat toast from the supermarket. The problem with this is how do you know if that carbohydrate is even nutritious?? Is that piece of (probably) refined and high sodium whole-wheat bread going to support those person’s nutritional needs? My belief is that these foods will not support the nutritional needs of that person, at all! You are not to blame though, we just have not been told!
The other problem is most people I see really struggle to even absorb the nutrients from their food because their gut ( see my post on how to fix this!) is not in top shape from all the refined and processed foods and bad lifestyle habits (alcohol, stress, environmental toxins) that have caused us intense digestive strain these days. We need to start taking care of the body from a holistic view and healing it from the inside out.
How can you make your diet unique to YOU….
- It comes down to choosing quality food that is higher in nutrients. The best diet is one that provides all the cells of the body with a good supply of nutrients.
- Listen to your own body and start educating yourself elsewhere because you are probably being told the wrong information.
- Take note of how you feel after each meal. Which meals make your feel worse. If you are feeling tired and bloated after a meal, look for the common foods and eliminate them for two weeks and see how you feel. I suggest to cut back on gluten containing foods and limit dairy to 2xday.
- Find out what lifestyle works for you and adjust your life accordingly.
- Remember you may not be able to tolerate the same foods as others.
- Listen to your body, it will usually tell you more than what they experts can tell you.
- Strive to eat all of the macronutrients and make good quality choices- complex carbohydrates, protein and fat. Our bodies need all of them to function optimally but best to choose an option that is unrefined and unprocessed: whole grains (that are low in sodium and unrefined- stay clear of supermarket breads), organic protein and good fats that are unsaturated such as avocado, olive oil and nuts and seeds.
- Education is key- read about nutrition as much as you can and educate yourself on the human body and you will figure it out for yourself. Educate yourself on how to read food labels too!
- Strive to have a good relationship with food. All this wrong information over the years has clouded our ability to tune into our own bodies and understand what is we need. You are your own expert.
- Change your mentality- one diet does not fit all. Trust in the uniqueness of your own body.
- Get excited about food and cooking. Start reading healthy food blogs and learn how EASY it is to prepare your own healthy food. It also does not take as long as you think…Follow me on instagram- JShealth for yummy and easy food ideas.
- Make healthy eating a priority for YOU, not for any one else. You are doing yourself the biggest favor by taking health seriously.
- Start preparing your own meals at home rather than eating out.
- View food as nourishment rather than a numbers game.
- Eat organic and local where possible- try and visit your local farmers markets to source the best produce. This is the most nutritious route.
- Moderation is key, always.
- Get off THE FAD DIETS- they clearly don’t work. They are only causing you more stress and complications in your body.
- If you are looking for health guidance, I strongly encourage you to visit a holistic and integrative health practitioner that views the body as a WHOLE and values the importance of mind-body connection.
- Remember that when it comes to a healthy body, healthy thoughts are just as important as the rest of the health equation.