Star’s 1-2-3 on Personalized Nutrition
Who is personalized nutrition for? Anyone wanting to lose or gain weight, improve on, or recover from a specific health condition, improve physical performance, or striving for optimal health will benefit from personalized nutrition. If that sounds like you, read on as I explain what personalized nutrition is, and how to incorporate it into your life.
Star’s 1-2-3 on Personalized Nutrition:
- What – Personalized Nutrition is a list of foods and supplements that are best for an individual, based on several factors including current symptoms, lab results, medical history, environment, emotional stress level, genomics and more. Personalized Nutrition can go so far as to describe cooking methods that are best for someone, foods to avoid sometimes, and foods to avoid always, or at least for the time being. Personalized Nutrition evolves as the individual’s condition changes. For example, as an individual’s health improves, foods that once caused inflammation and even allergies, can become well tolerated, and may be reintroduced into the diet.
- Why – Personalized nutrition will take someone closer to true health, and yield better results than any diet created for the masses. All of us have individual histories and different goals. Our nutrition should reflect this.
Let’s take potatoes for example. One diet might shun potatoes altogether, and one might say potatoes are okay. Which diet is right? Neither. If you have diabetes, you might tolerate small amounts of potatoes, but too much and your blood sugar sky-rockets. Someone who is working on healing their microbiome might choose to include potatoes in their diet, however, because potatoes are rich in resistant starch, which feed good bacteria in the colon. Yet, another individual with an autoimmune condition might have had a food sensitivity test report that potatoes could be causing increased inflammation.Another example would be someone who has an estrogen dominance choosing to eat more cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, supporting the metabolism of estrogens, and in certain conditions, decreasing the risk of cancer.
- How – True health is a journey, not a destination. Personalized Nutrition follows suit, and just like there is no one way to live your journey, personalizing nutrition draws from many different modalities and disciplines. When working with clients, I consider all the information that I have on an individual and use it to create a plan that is easy for them to incorporate into their current lifestyle. Tools such as roadmaps, meal plans and recipes are utilized. To gather more data, testing, such as food sensitivity testing, might be recommended. To find out how our Nutrition Coaching services can help you with Personalized Nutrition, click here.
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