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Finding The Best Diet for You

Keto, Carnivore, South Beach, Vegan, Anti-inflammatory Immune Protocol, Gluten Free, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, Sugar Free…have you tried them all without much luck? Have you jumped from fad diet to fad diet because they worked like a charm for a friend, coworker or cousin, but you didn’t get the same results? Are you fed up with the diet industry and all of the miracle diets that don’t work for you as promised?


How can something work so well for one person and not another? The reason is bio-individuality. Everyone’s body is so unique that of course what works well for one person may not be ideal for another. We are all dealing with different factors...our genetics, family history, hormone levels, gut health, immune status, environments we live in and life stressors we deal with just to name a few. With all of these factors it’s a wonder why we would ever think a one size fits all approach would even work. 


So if everyone is unique, how do you figure out what is going to work best for you? The key is getting to know your body. Getting to know what your body likes, what it doesn’t, what it’s missing, what it’s craving and much, much more. 


Sounds great, but how do you actually do that? You start tracking your food, habits and of course how you are feeling.  I know it sounds very time consuming and just one more thing to add to your plate, but I promise, it can be a very simple process. It can take as little as a few minutes a day and has the potential to be life changing. 


So how do you do this:


  1. Track your food. When I say this, I am not talking about painstakingly crunching calories or macros, simply write down what you ate in a day, no amounts, no judgements, just what you ate.

  2. Track how you are feeling. Throughout the day, check in with yourself, physically, metally and emotionally, how are you doing? Write down the good and the bad. If you are dealing with unusual symptoms or flare ups of your usual symptoms, document it and rank it based on the severity of the symptoms. 

  3. Track your habits. Document any lifestyle habits, whether it be how much water you drank, how much sleep you got, or how you moved your body that day. 

  4. Dig into any patterns. Are there any links between what you eat and how you feel? Or maybe certain habits always cause you to feel a certain way, good or bad?



This last step is the tricky part. Sometimes there may be a bit of a lag between when you eat the food or do a habit and when you experience certain symptoms. For certain food sensitivities, these foods may cause symptoms to show up within minutes of eating, and for others it may take 2-4 days. For instance, if I over do it on sugar, within 10 minutes I start to feel the tension in my neck return and my head starts to pound. For gluten however, I experience the same symptoms, but usually not until the next day.  


Also, different foods can cause different issues. Symptoms could range from digestive woes, like cramps, gas or constipation and skin issues, like acne breakouts or rashes, to headaches, muscles aches and changes in your mood. 


I think you would be surprised at the number of symptoms that you are feeling are actually linked to what you are eating. Never did I think the headaches and concentration issues I was dealing with on a daily basis was based on what I ate and certainly I didn't think I would be able to manage these symptoms by simply watching what I ate. 


It is an incredible tool to get to know your body better and to get to the bottom of your chronic symptoms or issues you are dealing with.


Using this tool has gotten me so intune with my body, that I no longer feel the need to write down what I am eating, doing or feeling on a regular basis. I am much more aware of my body that I can pick up on the subtle changes in my body and figure out what can be possibly causing it without having to physically document it. 


The tracking tool I just described is a more simplified version that what I used and what I typically use with my clients. I find the more time and effort you put into the process, the more you get out of it, as the more obvious the patterns between certain foods or habits become.


You can find this simplified version below, however feel free to reach out for a more comprehensive tracking tool. 


Once you are more aware of what is going on in your body and the patterns between what you are eating and doing and how you are feeling it's time to put it to the test using an elimination process. We will go into depth about that in next week's blog, so stay tuned. 


Refection:

  1. What symptoms are you dealing with that you are looking to resolve, maybe digestive issues, skin breakouts, headaches, mood swing or irritability? Do you notice any patterns as to when you experience these symptoms?

  2. What do you notice on the days you feel incredible and full of energy? Are there any foods or habits you consistently have on those days? Or maybe for food or habit you are consistently missing?

  3. What do you notice on the “bad” days where your symptoms are flared up? Are there any foods or habits you consistently have on those days? Or maybe for food or habit you are consistently missing?

  4. Do you feel in tune with your body? 

  5. What is your body trying to tell you with these symptoms?

Want to learn more:


Tracking Sheet
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