It feels like there’s conflicting advise about food everywhere you look. You go onto Instagram and see a delicious looking steak with vegetables and your favourite workout trainer is telling you to eat high protein and low carb. A minute later a nutritionist on Facebook is telling you to avoid red meat and eat lots of sweet potatoes.
Whether it’s advertising a new fad diet or telling you the basic fundamentals of nutrition, it seems like everyone has a different opinion and yet all of them are being marketed as the “truth” and being “backed up” by science.
Doesn’t this confirm that there’s something not quite right about all of this? None of it adds up and yet we keep looking for more clarity from these people. We keep reading the newest advice hoping for answers. It’s overwhelming.
The truth is, you will only find clarity by listening to your own body.
We need to stop listening to advise from people who do not know what our own body needs.
Each one of us is different. I know you’ve heard that a million times before but have you ever stopped to really think about it? Each one of us is SO different that we require different nutritional needs. We digest food differently. We respond to drugs differently. We crave exercise differently.
Dr. Roger Williams wrote a revolutionary book called Biochemical Individuality in the 1950’s. He provided profound medical evidence proving just how different everyone is anatomically and otherwise.
This book goes into lots of curious and amazing differences between people but the focus for me is that, somehow, we can all be vastly different and yet we are all pigeonholed in this idea of a healthy “norm”.
This makes no logical sense. Why does the government give us a nutritional label with guidance on how much protein to eat when everyone is so different and is going to process it differently? High protein is great for one person and horrible for the next. Of course we’re going to wonder what’s wrong with us when we don’t have the same results as the people we’re following on social media. We are all being pigeonholed into one average idea of a human and then told how to eat according to that fiction.
Not only this, but each time someone finds some kind of transformational way of eating, they advertise it as if it’s the only truth. They back it up with science and they tell you that you MUST try the Adkins diet or the vegan diet or the paleo diet or the keto diet. All of the evidence is convincing but these diets aren’t going to work for everyone. They are working for the person whose body type happens to work with that particular diet.
The bottom line is that all of the advice you hear can be misleading. Don’t taken any of it as 100% truth because it might not be right for you.
The one thing that all governments and nutritional advice has in common is that sugar and processed foods are not good for you. I think it’s safe to say that this is a fact. Despite all the other conflicting information, you can feel confident that limiting your sugar intake and processed foods is a good thing.
For everything else, it’s really a journey of what works for you. Listen to your own body instead of someone else who thinks they know what you need. You’re more in control than you realise.
Keep a food & mood journal – track what you eat and drink and then record how your body and mind feels immediately after, an hour later and a few hours later. Do this for a couple weeks to find patterns in your mood and energy levels based on the what you’re eating.