There’s so much information these days about what to eat, how to lose weight, what’s healthy and what's not. These messages can be contradictory and in some cases we’re learning that recommendations we thought were based on fact weren’t. For instance we’re learning now that low and no-fat diet recommendations that have been with us for many years are based on faulty information.* New research and science is giving us information about how our bodies function at the cellular and gene level. Our own awareness of the food we eat regarding the impact of sugar and refined carbohydrates is starting to change thanks to new and re-evaluated research. Because there is so much information floating about, you're bound to find differing opinions on what makes us healthy. Recommendations can be rooted in old information, new information, practical information based on client data, and some experts base their recommendations on their own personal stories. Where does that leave us?
I believe each body is unique with it’s own set of dietary requirements. How you choose to eat may be a compilation from a variety of sources, but in the end they will be unique to you. Our basic needs might be similar on the macronutrient level and still, the details will be different.
One thing that never changes is our body’s wisdom. It knows the truth of who you are and what nourishes you. As your body changes over time, your body's wisdom is the one thing that will keep you informed of how your dietary needs are changing.
If you are confused about what to eat and how to achieve good health, allow the confusion to be an opportunity to step into exploration mode. As you read and listen to different doctors and researchers, what resonates with you? Where do you feel compelled to do more research of your own? If something doesn’t feel right to you, it may not be.
You can ask your body to let you know if something is or is not right for it. It may take some practice in listening, but your body will always let you know. For instance, if you feel gassy after eating a banana, that’s your body letting you know that things aren’t working out so well. At the same time, if you drink a smoothie and feel like a million bucks afterward, that’s your body telling you it liked that.
There's a lot of really good as well as questionable information available when it comes to nutrition. Relying on your own body to know what to eat, is honoring your uniqueness. Don’t feel compelled to believe what you read or hear, even from experts. Do your own research and with your body as your partner – you won’t go wrong.
* Big Fat Surprise, Nina Teicholz
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