I call this dietary dogma and it's problematic because we lose sight of what is true for an individual. We forget that bio-individuality, from a physiological standpoint, is very real. Let me give you a couple of examples. I follow, more or less, a plant-based Paleo diet. Eggs, as you may know, are a big part of paleo. However, after experimenting with an elimination diet I have discovered I get a headache whenever I eat eggs (regardless of quality, how they are cooked, yolk versus white, etc.). So, I've modified the "paleo protocol" to meet my individual needs (no eggs). Eggs are one of natures most perfect foods so I'm certainly not going to recommend that no one eat eggs just because I can't. Simultaneously, if someone is following a "perfect" diet but still experiencing symptoms I'm going to talk to them about bio-individuality and how we can identify the foods that do, and do not, support their health at this time.
Here is another example; bone broth. I'm sure you've heard it called a Miracle Elixir more than once (and at least once by me) and for good reason. In fact, one of my first clients had thirty years of constipation disappear within days of consuming bone broth. That being said, if you struggle with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) you may find that bone broth is far from a miracle tonic ... it probably leads to a sharp increase in symptoms.
And lastly, I didn't eat nuts for several months. Why? Because my partner doesn't eat nuts. At some point I unconsciously decided, even though I know better, that if nuts weren't good for him they probably weren't good for me either. Except, my body LOVES nuts. "Nuts are bad" is a true statement for him. "Nuts are wonderful" is a true statement for me. That is bio-individuality.
The point I'm trying to make is this: what works for one person won't necessarily work for you and vice versa. This means that self-experimentation is critical and can take time. What will work for you depends on a variety of factors including your current (and past) health concerns. With guidance from someone who can listen to what you're saying and translate that into what may be going on for you (bone broth and SIBO is one example) can help speed up that process ... but it's still a process. By fine tuning our diet to meet individual needs we can regain our health while learning to deeply listen to our own bodies.
Have you been following a certain diet (paleo, vegetarian, GAPS, vegan, etc.) and you still aren't feeling great? Are you ready to find what's right for you? Would you like a guide during this process? If so, I'm happy to tell you that I have a few spots available for 1:1 counseling.
I'm also excited to let you know that once a year I run a BIG SALE on individual counseling. I call it the Spring Forward Sale and it starts TODAY. Between now and May 17th you can save 25% on all individual counseling services. That's $60 off a new client session, $30 off a single existing client session, and a whopping $150 off a six session package.
To take advantage of these savings schedule a free 30-minute strategy session BEFORE May 17th so we can talk about your health goals and make sure functional nutrition counseling is right for you. It's that simple. Again, I only have a handful of open spaces. If you're ready to individualize your health care schedule the strategy session right away.