I was so scared of choosing the wrong foods, and not be able to lose weight that I often felt like I was going to go crazy.
When you’ve struggled with an eating disorder in the past, like anorexia,bulimia or simply disordered eating, deciding what to eat and making the right choice can be a complex and very frustrating process. I remember reading tons of articles on healthy foods and best diets to lose or maintain my weight and finding that they often contradicted each other.
Finding the perfect diet is never cut and dry and cookie cutter approaches don’t work. I know that from experience.
There are many factors at play that determine what foods or type of diet will actually help you lose unwanted weight where you’re at right now.
Here are some of the factors to take into account:
- Goals ( 10 pounds, 20 pounds, definition, boosting energy, build muscle, reduce cellulite, lose fat, lose belly fat, cleanse, etc.)
- Activity level
- Food preferences (vegan, vegetarian, textures, tastes, spice tolerance, meat, starchy foods, etc.)
- Food sensitivities. (foods that give you certain symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, headaches, reflux, etc. )
- Strong dislikes (fish, seafood, beans, greens, onions, etc.)
- Nutrient deficiencies or excesses
- Medications that you’re taking (thyroid hormone, birth control, antidepressants, etc. )
- Digestive health ( IBS, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, celiac, reflux, heartburn, bloating, cramps, etc.)
- Health Conditions or family history
- Accessibility (where you live in the world, your budget, availability of foods, local foods, etc.)
- Financial constraints. (disposable income, budget, etc.)
While there’s times when we might fit the same profile as other people, more often than not you will have to follow an individual plan that is tailored to your individual needs. This is called bio-individuality.
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behaviour, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc.
Each of us in unique.
Scientists tell us that the number of different genetic combinations possible in a child from the same two parents exceeds 42 million. Its interesting to note that we do not possess a combination of characteristics from our parents, but instead have a diverse collections of characteristics from many ancestors on both sides of the family.
With the exception of identical twins, each human being has unique biochemistry resulting in quite diverse nutritional needs.
Shakespeare said “One Man’s food is another man’s poison”.
For example, some people are genetically suited for a vegetable-based diet and others are not, and even though they become vegans for ethical reasons, they cannot lose weight or feel well on this diet.
Some people can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone and others must have nutritional supplements to overcome genetic influences.
Because of genetic differences in the way our bodies process foods, many people are deficient in certain nutrients while being overloaded in others. Even with an “Ideal diet, most people have certain nutrients that are at very low levels who require more of that particular nutrient to achieve a healthy balance. On the flip side, the nutrients in overload must be carefully avoided in vitamin supplements or serious health problems can develop.
What’s best for one person, may not be the best for the next. Once you figure out the foods that make your body thrive. You’ll be at your healthiest weight.
There’s no need to get confused with all the nutritional advice out there. The Nutrition field is the Wild West, it is really crazy out there, and the only sensible thing we have to do is to become our own Nutritionist and use our body wisdom to guide us.
I practice this everyday, and I no longer go into nutritional confusion or feel helpless trying to figure out what to eat, or how much to eat.
Here’s are some powerful tips to help you design your own “Perfect Diet”
- There is No One Perfect Diet. As much as science tries to homogenize us and put us all in one category, they can’t!. Ultimately you have to listen to your Body. People often get caught up in the rules of a specific diet, such as ketogenic, vegetarian, raw, vegan, paleo, etc. because of the results that other have achieved on those diets. Some people they try so hard to make their body fit into the rules of such diet, and they feel frustrated when they don’t get the promised results. Not every aspect of those diets may be right for you as an individual.
- You have to learn to listen to your body, instead of trying to follow rigid rules that may leave you tired, blah, and frustrated. In my program “The Weight is Over” I Teach my clients how to do exactly this, how to listen to their body and trust themselves to find their perfect diet and feel comfortable. But for now, you can access this free resource to get started.
- Change it up. If you are struggling with stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, skin problems or chronic lack of energy, it could be your body’s way of telling you that something in your diet or lifestyle is not right for you. Even though you may love eggs and tomatoes, it doesn’t mean your body does, at least right now, and you should honor those signs.
- Rule out food sensitivities. If you have symptoms and reactions like dizziness, headaches, rashes, breakouts, gas, bloating, constipation, etc. Go off for a couple weeks of certain foods that you feel might be the problem and see if the problem clears. Common culprits are ( wheat, corn, dairy, soy, gluten, msg, highly processed foods, rancid oils.) If you find yourself eliminating a lot of foods because everything gives you a reaction, this is an indication that your digestive system is compromised and you should have it checked out before you can’t eat anything and put yourself at risk for other diseases. If you need guidance on this, book a free consult here.
- Become a Nutritional Explorer. Let’s be honest, nobody teaches us how to eat and how to listen to our bodies to find the best nourishment for us. Even if your goal is to lose 10-30 pounds, you should not subject yourself to eating in a way you don’t even enjoy just because your diet promises weight loss. You can lose weight by eating foods that you enjoy and that your body thrives with. Try out different recipes from different dietary styles, and find what you’re most inclined to eat, and what flavors you most enjoy. It’s fun. This will help you understand your body, what it needs and opens you up to a whole new world of tastes and textures. In my program “The Weight is Over” which i hope will join me for , I explain exactly why when you eat a diet that you truly enjoy, your body naturally goes into weight loss mode.
But for now, I can tell you that when you enjoy the food you eat, and inject excitement and love in your eating process, your body will relax, and it will support your weight loss efforts much more easily than when you limit your calories and eat with fear of gaining weight.
Regardless of how convinced you are that an extreme diet is the best route for you, the best advice I can give you is that to feel your best in your body, you must give yourself permission to be you, and listen to your body.
A lot of people think that in order to stay thin, fit and in shape and look good, they must sacrifice pleasure. But the truth is that A healthy diet can be pleasurable and 100% satisfying. A sustainable approach to having the body you dream of, must include eating your favorite foods, and not feeling deprived.
If you’re constantly craving, thinking or fantasizing about foods like chocolate, pizza, pasta, french fries, candy, etc. You are probably not giving your body enough of the right fuel, and you are not having enough pleasure from the food you eat.
How to use your intuition to eliminate Nutritional Confusion
We all have a hunch about something from time to time. That little voice that screams within you when you know something just isn’t right or when you get the feeling someone is not being truthful, or even an inner warning that goes off with impending danger. Often we rationalize that voice, that feeling, and don’t listen as closely as we should.
Your intuition can be a powerful tool and a way to connect on a deeper level with your body.
In order for this to be effective you must trust your internal wisdom. I teach exactly how to access this intuition and develop trust in your own body, in my program “The Weight is Over” Coming up in 2017. For now you can access my free tool to get started.
Knowledge about yourself is self-empowerment