Nutrition is hot. Health is sexy. Working out is trendy. Seems nowadays everyone wants a piece of the nutrition pie. No doubt you’ve stumbled upon your fair share of books, articles, and videos about how to be the best, healthiest version of you. Bright, shiny ads about the latest diet/supplement/workout that will transform your life and make you into the person you’ve always wanted to be. If only you “click here,” you too can be the slim, smiling, fashionable version of yourself that up until now has always seemed illusive.
What I’m about to say isn’t news. But it is true. There is no one-size-fits-all-quick-fix to having the perfect body, the perfect life, being happy, or feeling great. It’s not to say that all the books, articles, and videos you’ve been consuming are full of garbage. In fact, there are many incredible books, articles, and videos that are filled with fantastic information that can help you along in your quest towards looking and feeling great! But I’ve noticed that many people tend to get caught up in the hype, thinking, “this is it!” and are then disappointed when yet another plan doesn’t work out.
The truth is you are the best expert in the field for your own health and nutrition. Educating yourself on the work others are doing is a crucial component to achieving health, but so is questioning everything. If you’re reading a book that tells you to work out 6 times a week for 90-minutes per day and that leaves you overwhelmed, exhausted, and bingeing on junk food, it’s not the right plan for you. If a health article says to eat beets once per day, but it upsets your stomach and causes diarrhea, it’s not the right plan for you. If you’re friend lost weight eating a high-protein, low-carb diet, but that same diet leaves you anxious, moody, and dizzy, that plan is not right for you.
We are all different.
Nutrition is an art and a science. Lots of scientific evidence supports eating certain foods for certain nutrients and in specific combinations for the most effective recipe for health. But we don’t live static lives inside of test tubes. We live in the unpredictable world where being creative is a survival weapon. Learn as much as you can, and then experiment with everything you’ve learned.
If you want to learn more about which plan works for you, let’s talk.