People often ask me what diet I follow. I will tell you what I do, but first, let me tell you about a concept called “bio-individuality.”
Bio-individuality is a concept I learned about first while attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. It means, that there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to nutrition, and that one person’s diet may be another person’s poison. When it comes to nutrition, people deep down tend to know what is good for them. Men, for example, may need more meat / protein, than women do, or that some people crave to drink more water than other people. According to a study done by the Personalized Nutrition Project, people respond to foods differently, based on their microbiome (gut bacteria), essentially stating that individual dietary needs are linked to gut health.
“people reacted so differently to the same foods, researchers studied participants’ microbiomes – their unique collection of good and bad bacteria. This investigation showed that obese people have a less diverse microbiome than thin people, proving that variation in bacteria is key to health and weight maintenance.”
There are many factors that affect the risk of obesity and metabolic disorders, but blood sugar regulation and microbiome diversity are key. We will talk in detail about what you can do to improve your gut health, but for now, keep this in mind. Just because a friend lost x number of pounds on a certain diet or by eating one particular food (never a good idea); it doesn’t necessarily mean that the same diet will work for you as well.
SO what do I eat? I’ll tell you that I used to be an omnivore, but my own health revelation of late has me on a 180 turn from my former diet life. My favorite way of eating for the last few years has been Whole30, where I would consume healthy proteins, lots of vegetables some fruit, nuts, healthy fats; essentially reducing inflammation in the body and feeling like a million bucks.
However, unbeknownst to me, I have genetic tendencies to make “bad cholesterol” (LDL), even out of healthy fats, such as olive oil or avocado – thank you Dad! Why am I telling you all this? So you understand how one person’s diet may not work for another person. While I was doing Whole30, I was essentially growing the amount of plaque in my arteries by every bite of bacon I ate. So approximately 18 months ago I became vegetarian, with twice a week fish. I am my own coaching examples of how we need to pay attention to our bodies, and figure out the best way to make our super bio-computer body work BEST.
As a holistic health coach, I am versed in 100+ dietary theories and will work with you on figuring out what works best for your body type, lifestyle, and eating habits. Your heritage, genetics, LIFE, all play a big part.
With love and gratitude, Emmy