January is here and you're ready to kick your resolutions in gear. But there's so much information out there and you just don't know where to start. So you do what everyone does: scope out the scene and see what's working for everyone else.
A quick insta-stalking session brings you to your friend Jennifer's page. You notice she recently lost 20 pounds doing Whole30 and dang, Jen's looking good!
As you scroll a little further down you see another friend who's been killing it with the ketogenic diet. She makes extraordinary claims about how the weight melts right off with every bacon-wrapped butterball she eats.
Sarah drinks shakes for all of her meals, Ashley does intermittent fasting, and Becca wrote a long post about how veganism can save the environment.
You conclude your search super-inspired but still pretty confused, so you decide to start with one and weed through them all until you find your perfect match--surely one of them will be the perfect diet for you, right?
But what if I told you that there is no "one size fits all" way to eat? That these were all cookie-cutter diets that do not meet an individual's unique needs? This, my friends, is what we call bio-individuality, and it's the most significant piece to the puzzle of overall health and wellness.
Bio-individuality is the principle that one man's nourishment is another man's poison. That's why you can see someone totally thrive on the ketogenic diet, while you completely flop on it. They are eating all that fat and they look great, they're losing weight, and their skin is glowing. But when you try it, you end up bloated, moody, and even end up gaining weight.
We are all unique individuals made up of unique variables--from our genetics to our lifestyles, environments, and even state of mind. This is why there is no such thing as "one diet to rule them all."
Uncovering What Your Body Needs
A lot of women think, "I want to lose weight and I want to lose fat--I'll go vegan!" But that idea operates under the assumption that your body is the same as someone else's.
I had a client once who thought a strict, plant-based diet was the only way she would be able to lose weight and become healthy. She was dedicated to the idea of veganism but her body was pleading otherwise. She experienced tanking energy levels, weight gain, and deep cravings for animal protein. Yet she had convinced herself that this was the only way she could reach her goals.
I guided her toward listening to her body and finding the foods that truly met her unique needs. Eventually, through a process of self-compassion, she started to incorporate fish into her diet and voila! She felt better.
It can be tempting to fall into the trap of telling yourself, "If it worked for them, it must work for me!" At the end of the day, though, you can't feed your body responsibly if you're not being knowledgeable about how you react to the foods you take in.
Finding the Right Foods
"Sweet info, but how on earth am I supposed to tune in to my own bio-individuality when I have no clue where to start?"
Obviously, self-exploration can sometimes feel incredibly overwhelming--especially when we are constantly being flooded with contradictory information. That's what I'm here for! My passion as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is to help you unlock the mystery of your own personal nutritional needs, bringing you closer to your health goals than ever before. Tapping into my own bio-individuality has shaped me into the happiest, healthiest, most confident woman I've ever been and it is my distinct honor to help you do the same. You are a beautiful, strong, unique woman and your body deserves a nutrition and fitness plan to match those special qualities!
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