No One Size Fits All

Have you ever noticed how many diet books there are on the market? It seems that a whole plethora of new diets emerge each year, all promising essentially the same thing. Perhaps you’ve even tried many of them yourself. I have… each time with renewed hope that maybe this time, it will be different, and maybe this time, I’ll lose the weight once and for all.

The truth of the matter is I’ve lost the same pounds over and over again and then gained a few more each time to boot. Eventually, I ended with diet fatigue. I just could not try another diet, simply because they somehow all stopped working. What had worked the year before now didn’t work anymore.

You know that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? I finally copped on to how insane all my dieting had been. More so because I didn’t feel that I could continue that way anymore, rather than because I was really smart, I decided that would never diet again.

So I stopped searching for a diet to lose weight with, and started looking for a way of eating more healthily. I confess that my search was still tinged with the idea that maybe I could still lose my excess weight.

What I did not know would emerge from my research was that through my many years of dieting, I’d been unknowingly starving myself; nutritionally starving myself. I thought, for example, that if I just ate fewer calories, no matter where it came from, then I’d be fine. Uh-uh, nope.

Instead, because my body was nutritionally starving, it craved more food, any food, so it could get whatever it possibly could to keep me going. Everything else got shovelled into my fat cells, so that it could ask for yet more food to try and get that nutrition it was starving for. In my quest to diet and be slim, I had inadvertently been sabotaging my own efforts.

What I have found and discover more and more each day, is that there truly is no one size fits all. What works for one person, be it paleo, primal, raw, low carb, high fat or something else, is not necessarily going to work for another. The bottom line is that our bodies are highly intuitive and will actually tell us what it wants and needs… once we’ve got past that period of stuffing our faces on anything and everything because we’ve been depriving ourselves for so long!

If you think about it, you’ll notice that even you yourself had different nutritional wants and needs over time. What your body needed in your 20s was different to in your 30s. A child needs (and can handle) different foods than when they get older, just as a man’s requirements are different to a woman’s. Similarly, what our body craves in the spring may well be different to what it craves in the winter. For example, many people swear by eating plenty of fruit everyday. Yet, my nephew’s girlfriend who’s in her twenties, and highly active, has noticed that when she eats fruit everyday, she starts to store fat.

Have you noticed how one nutritional expert might say that whole grains are good for us, while another might say the exact opposite, that we should steer completely clear of grains? For each piece of nutritional research, thee appears to be another one debunking the first one.

Is it any wonder that so many of us are confused?

So here it is. We are all individuals with different needs at different times of our life. What works for each one of us is for each one of us, as individuals, to find out for ourselves what works most effectively and what doesn’t. Our bodies have the innate wisdom to know exactly what we need… and the best news of all, is that it does not necessarily mean that we have to give up all the tastes we love. (I’ll write about how we can eat well and healthily and still enjoy delicious foods another day).

No one size fits all. This is bio-individuality.

There is no such thing as “good” food or “bad” food, as such, just food that is right for you, in the proportions that are right for you. Mind you, I will put a caveat on that – because when I say, “food”, I do mean real food, not processed or artificial edible products that pass off as food (more on that another time too!)

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…we get to eat more (oh yes!), we have more energy, we feel clearer and brighter, our vision may well improve and as our body naturally heals from the inside out, not only do some of our ailments, such as eczema or psoriasis, clear up, but our body also starts to release those excess pounds and clearing out what it had deemed to be toxins that it shovelled away into our fat cells. In short, you’ll most likely lose some inches.

So what does your body want? A higher level of fat and lower carb with moderate protein? Or higher level of protein, lower carb and moderate fat? It’s up to you to experiment and discover what works for you, what makes you feel good.

You deserve to eat the food that nourishes the amazing person you are.