THERE’S THIS THING CALLED NUTRIGENOMICS…
It is a very promising science that involves prescribing a very specific diet to a person based on their genetic makeup. Sounds amazing, right? Some companies, nutritionists, and health practitioners are already practicing this, but the field still has a lot of maturing to do.
What are we to do in the meantime?
Always listen to your body.
Your neighbor may thrive off of carbs. You may thrive off of fasts. They may need to count calories. They may need to monitor their fiber intake. You may need to eat 8 times per day and they made need to fast for 16 hours. You may benefit from eating night-shade vegetables and they may have an acute inflammatory response from them. You may need to just eat intuitively and listen to your body.
Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Now, just a reminder: I am not a dietician or a nutritionist. I am a holistic nutrition student and for many years self-taught nutrition-obsessed girl. But, here is always my first piece of advice to people;
Pick your poison to quit.
It may be as obvious as alcohol or nicotine, it may be an aggressive sugar consumption (ahem – past me), dairy, the oh-so-evil gluten, the “innocent” zero-calorie energy drink.
Just pick one or two things at a time to quit. Accomplish this mini-goal for one to two weeks. Then pick a new poison to quit.
This is part one. Part II is replacing unhealthy meals with nutritious ones; replacing the things you love to indulge in with healthy versions of them. Friend. Let me tell you. There is such a thing as a healthy burger and [sweet potato] fries. You just need a few basic ingredients and some minimal cooking skills. Get comfortable in your kitchen.
So what does this have to do with the whole personalized diet thing?
When you eliminate the sensitive foods from your diet and begin incorporating them back in, pay attention to your body’s response. If a certain food causes you bloating, palpitations, a sneezing fit, or any other unusual signs, it may be that you’re just better off without it.
Consider a food allergy and nutrient level test. This can help you find that foods might be quietly harming you as well as which nutrients you are deficient in. Removing the problems and adding in the missing pieces = happy body.