I follow a lot of nutrition professionals on Instagram. I like to stay current and pay attention to the ideas/diets being shared with the general public. It’s overwhelming to say the least.
One of the professionals I follow believes all people should be on the carnivore diet. He claims that back in our hunter gatherer days we would have had to survive off a big kill for weeks, possibly, months at a time.
Another professional I follow believes that humans are supposed to be vegan. He claims that back in our hunter gatherer days we would have had to survive on plants when meat was not so easily accessible.
Both these professionals are well-educated passionate individuals. One is even an M.D. So who’s right? When both of them are using “science” to back up their claims how are we, or the general public, suppose to know what to do?
I follow a woman that swears by a weight-loss supplement plan. She has seen great personal success on this plan and feels better than ever. She believes every person who wants to lose weight would benefit from her plan.
I also follow a woman who follows a macro calculating diet and get a vast majority of her calories from carbohydrates. She has seen great success on her diet and believes everybody should count macros.
Both these women are charming, down to earth and convincing. They both achieved their goals using very different approaches. So which one should you follow?
I follow a Nutritionist that swears by probiotics. I also follow a woman who has SIBO and can’t take probiotics. Who’s right?
The amount of information being thrown at us every day is astounding! Not just by instagram influncers but by doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and dietitians. No wonder so many of us get sucked into a life of dieting, it’s easy to get pumped up and want to jump on someone else’s success train, but their train might not be on the right tracks for you.
If I have learned anything in my relentless pursuit of the truth, it’s that there is no magic solution. There is no easy way to find out what will work best for you, some trial and error will be necessary.
Your body is unique and may not respond the same way as someone else’s. As an example, I experimented with a high carb diet when I was competing in CrossFit. Some of my friends were doing it and seeing great results, I felt awful. I felt slow and sluggish all the time. I felt overfull and constantly was forcing myself to eat my allotted carbohydrates. A year later I experimented with Keto, I felt great but knew it wasn’t a sustainable lifestyle for me. So I went back to the drawing board, looked at what I had learned in the past and started to figure out what worked for my unique body. How I eat now doesn’t really have a name, its a bunch of pieces from a bunch of experiments that make up what works best for me. There is no reason to put myself in a box and I try my absolute best not to put my clients in a box either.
If you are finding overwhelming loads of information on the internet and are not sure where to start, I would encourage you to start keeping a food/symptom journal. I have all my clients keep one while they are working with me as it is one of the easiest ways for me to see what works best for them. Once you can look over a months worth of journaling you will be able to see patterns in your eating,these patterns will often lead us to conclusions that can impact our health.
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