There’s No Such Thing as the Perfect Diet
We live in a time of information overload. We are constantly inundated with tips and tricks on how to lose weight. There are so many diets and ever-changing dietary trends that it can be confusing for even those in the know.
On top of this, our lives are hectic and highly stressed, with so many competing priorities. Meal planning, food preparation and cooking may wind up at the bottom of our list of things we would ideally like to do.
Bio-individuality is a term coined by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), meaning that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs.
If you want to lose weight, gain weight or change your body shape, there are many factors that need to be considered. It is not just about what you eat or don’t eat.
This might explain why the latest fad diet may be difficult to sustain long term, and/or is not the right fit for everyone.
The connection between the gut and the brain is undeniable. There is an increasing body of research suggesting that stress contributes to common gut issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Stress also effects our eating habits. High stress situations can cause some people to eat more while other don’t feel like eating. Others may crave sweet or high fat foods as a way of coping with their feelings.
Awareness and understanding of our tendencies during challenging times and identifying your specific dietary and nutritional needs is part of the process.
Being healthy is very important to me. Even as a little girl I ate well. I instinctually leant towards food that was good for me. But despite me making healthy eating choices, I haven’t always been well. I was in a toxic relationship for years. I stuffed down my emotions to avoid the reality of my sadness, pain and fear. My body became very unbalanced and I was in a constant state of stress. I ended up with digestive problems (including leaky gut and malabsorption) and it took me years to unravel my emotional and physical stress.
So being healthy is not just about eating well and exercise. Be it a stressful job, being in a relationship that is no good for us, or financial hardship, there are many factors that can negatively influence our health. By working through such challenges, we can reach our full health and wellness potential.
What area of your life is holding you back from achieving optimal health?
Bringing our bodies back in to homeostasis and committing to our own wellness, is key to a lasting vibrant health and happiness.
Reduce your stress and make your health and wellbeing a priority.