It never seems to amaze me the amount of miss-information, confusion, clutter and dogmatic ways of thinking about how to eat right for good health!
I listened to a great podcast today about how there is no one size fits all approach. I have talked about this before, however I feel that there are simply not enough qualified cheerleaders in our industry promoting this. I also believe that the problem is a combination of social media influencers and practitioners promoting a one size fits all approach. Along with the general public just being too wrapped up in the business of their world, that they have now lost touch in the ability to tune into what their body is telling them. Most people want someone just to tell them how to eat or better yet offer a magic pill.
What's the problem with this?
Firstly if you have a specific goal in mind, yes one of these approaches (mentioned above) may be a fantastic short term approach. Every person is going to have a completely different experience with a certain 'diet.' For one person it may be heavenly, and for their best friend, mum or brother it could leave them with a whole host of health symptoms. Strictly eating a certain way can also lead to concerning health issues or unnecessary intolerances down the track. Trust me, I have tried every style of eating you could ever imagine. I have been low carb, high fat, paleo, grain free, vegan, vegetarian, 6 meals a day, 3 meals a day, fasting - the list seriously goes on. And to be honest with you guys I am still experimenting with what works for me, I'll touch on this below so you can see what I mean.
So where should you start?
Will the first place I would recommend is to eat what you want and tune into how it makes you feel. If it is a good food for you, you may feel energised, happy, focused, motivated, and so on. If it doesn't sit well you may experience brain fog, fatigue, emotional or sad, bloated, cramping, and so on.
If this seems to hard and experimenting does not seem like an option for you, my mentor who is an amazing Naturopath and Nutritionist has taught me to work from with my client the blood type principles or look at ancestral eating. Yes some people may say these are just two more fads, but in my opinion at least they are very relevant to your body and make up. This I can't say for every diet mentioned in the heading. By using either one or both of these ways of eating as a guide, you may be able to quickly discover what works for you and what doesn't.
Ok so what style of eating do I follow?
So as you can probably guess, I don't follow a particular diet. However I can tell you what works for me as an individual so you can see what I mean.
- I work really well on a higher carb diet - grains and vegetables. (mostly following grains from the O blood type)
- Animal protein sits great with my digestion. I would have at least 2 serves per day.
- I CRAVE fermented foods. I could easily drink 2lts of kombucha per day (I don't though, because it's expensive but I could ;))
- My body struggles to absorb too much fat (eating a piece of salmon is murder for my digestion) so I definitely don't have a lot of fat in my diet. Sources of fat for me will come from avocado, a small amount of white fish or oils.
- Nuts, seeds, beans and legumes make me gassy and bloated so I avoid these as much as possible.
- I need to eat 5 - 6 meals per day. I naturally have lower blood sugar levels so if I skip meals or only have 3 meals a day (like the current fad) I plummet pretty quickly.
- Fruit works for me anytime of the day. But if I am craving it, for breakfast, lunch and dinner I know my immune system is down and I have a cold coming on.
- I have to supplement with a high amount of fish oil. If I don't, you could tell me anything and I promise I will keep it a secret.... mainly because I won't remember what you said 5 minutes later!
- When my gut health is on point, chia puddings are my best friend. If my gut is a little sad they are my worst nightmare.
I hope that gives you a few hints on what to look for with your body and where to start. If you need further assistance I practise in Sandringham Melbourne or online creating Nutritional plans and more so get in contact with me.