Happy New Year! I missed you over the past month 2 months! I hope you had a lovely holiday and your 2015 is off to a fabulous start. Mine sure is! I love the new year, a chance to await the exciting uncertainty of opportunity, experience, laughter, knowledge, fun, and love. Like many people, I agree the new year is a great time to reset. However, I’m not talking about dieting – fooled you! As I continue my studies in holistic nutrition and health coaching, I am so empowered by the idea of bio-individuality and I would like to share that with you. The best diet in 2015 is the diet that makes you feel like your best you. (And I don’t mean copious amounts of wine and chocolate 🙂 ).
You know your co-worker on the sugar detox who has dropped unwanted pounds this month? Or your vegetarian friend who hasn’t had meat in 3 years? How about your cross-fit committed brother who eats paleo? Do any of these people make you feel less-than because your diet isn’t the same? I’m writing to tell you to stop! None of the imaginary people above are doing anything wrong and I’m certainly not calling them out. I used those examples to show that these specific diets only work for specific bodies. Just because someone you know has seen amazing results from switching up their daily habits, doesn’t mean that you can copy what they’re doing and feel the same way. The Institiute for Integrative Nutrition promotes bio-individuality. Bio-individuality is the idea that there is not one “correct” diet for all people across the board. Each body responds differently and has different needs. On the other hand, the media likes to force ideas and this is one of the many reasons why people are so confused about eating and aren’t feeling their best. Are you one of them? I don’t blame you! This year, I challenge you to eat real, whole foods in a way that makes you feel and look your very best. Maybe meat makes you feel strong, curbs your cravings, and keeps you satisfied. Those are good feelings, so keep it up! Don’t stop eating meat because someone in a magazine is promoting vegetarianism. Instead, maybe you cut back on meat and incorporate more plant-based proteins as a substitute for some of your meals. On the other hand, maybe you’re a vegan in this new paleo-filled world. If you have great energy and are meeting your nutrient needs in a smart way, than continue to eat those whole grains! Don’t feel like you shouldn’t simply because one of your friends is paleo. Everyone digests differently and grains do not work for everyone. Your bodies are different! If you’re like me, you could be in the middle! I love mixing and matching all of the diets – paleo, vegan, vegetarian.. However, I have made a transition back to my vegetarian habits and haven’t felt better! I do incorporate meat into my diet when my body is calling for it. I enjoy getting together with family and friends on the weekends and those meals almost always have a little poultry included, too. Plant-based really works for me and I feel as though I have finally figured it out! I hope this post gave you a newfound perspective on what diet to follow this year – no diet. Diet shmi-et. Instead, put the focus on your own body and what it’s telling you. Eat to feel your best inside and out, while appropriately fueling your body. If you start there, I bet you’ll start seeing or feeling the results you’ve been looking for all along.
Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated after-all. With that said, what’s for dinner tonight?!