One Diet for All?

By Jacqueline May Conte, CNP

With all the conflicting information out there on what’s best to eat, it can be really difficult to know which advice to follow. We’re in an age of information overload and it can be easy to give up when we feel confused by conflicting research and opinions. The science around food seems to change every day and that can make your head spin.

In the search for the “right” way to eat, it’s good to remember there isn’t one perfect diet. We’re all different and we all have individual needs. Though we’re all made from the same blueprint, we’re all uniquely designed, our life experiences vary, we grow up in different parts of the world and we have different influences affecting us daily.

Yes, there are some rules to follow if you want to eat as clean and wholesome as possible (see my last post: Food As Medicine), but you are destined to require variations within the general guidelines. While designing the diet that’s right for you, try to avoid these pitfalls:

Short-term Dieting

Quick fixes and fad diets can seem to be the perfect solution, but rarely work because they really aren’t designed to. One diet does not fit all and these dieting techniques are typically extreme and stressful to the body. Your body needs constant support, not 3 weeks of drastic change that doesn’t allow for it to adapt and thrive. Think of your diet as what you, period. If you need more radical changes to correct major imbalances, remember healing takes time, too. Ease into your new diet so your body can adjust (and so you don’t go crazy trying!).

Ignoring the Signs Your Body Gives You

Listening to your body is key in understanding what works for you and what doesn’t. Try to discern which foods are your friends and which are your enemies, and then change the ratio. It’s okay to succumb to foods you don’t need or that have a bad effect on you once in a while, but when you give in to too many bad foods they become a larger part of your staple diet and undo a lot of the benefits of the good foods you’re eating.

Eating for the Short Haul

It’s easy to ignore the long-term effects of bad eating habits, because they don’t show up right after you eat junk food. Deterioration and disease show up much later in life because eating poorly over a long period of time has a compounding effect, not a direct one. What you eat now can and will affect you down the road, so take the time to formulate a long-term diet that prevents disease and lets you feel better longer.

Creating a diet that works for you can be just as confusing as finding one that works for everyone. The difference is the former is achievable. It takes time, commitment and patience, but it can make your life so much easier and comfortable. Book an appointment with me to continue the conversation and to discover which foods work best for you.

Jacqueline Conte is a Holistic Nutrionist and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Click here to book an appointment with Jacqueline.