Have you ever wondered why some people can eat large portions of food and never gain weight? or why certain foods make you feel awful, while others eat them with ease? We have come to appreciate that we are unique individuals, and we live in an era where uniqueness, and authenticity are celebrated. Finally we have acknowledged that our diets should also be unique and authentic to us. What works for me, may not work for you. We all have different genetics, environments, sleep patterns and stresses and our diets should reflect that.
Robb Wolf states in his book 'Wired to Eat', "research has shed light on the fact that each individual requires a different diet". He sites studies of blood glucose tracked over time, and the findings were that there was a massive variation from person to person in the foods each individual reacted favorably and negatively to.
There are many components of a healthy lifestyle besides food, and 'diet' should not be looked at in isolation. Personal health must be looked at holistically, and individually. We need to understand how to make changes not only to food choices, but also to activity levels, sleep patterns, life stresses, exposure to sunlight, and personal habits in order to reap the full benefits of an individualized nutrition plan.
Honour what makes you feel good!
Each of us has a unique way of eating that makes us feel optimal and this can even change over time. With the number of “fad diets” and categories of different ways of eating (for example; Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Plant Based, Ketogenic) it’s important to really tune into your body and be true to what makes you feel your best.