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If you’re reading this blog, then you probably know that there is a direct link between what we put in our mouth and our overall health. Real food — meaning food that is as close to the way it is found in nature — is always going to be the cornerstone of good health. You can do amazing things by just making a few tweaks to your diet. I have heard incredible stories of healing from people who changed their diet and their health improved dramatically.
It may seem like an easy concept — just eat real food — but in today’s world, the topic of food can be quite overwhelming and confusing for a lot of people. Basic nutrition wisdom has been lost and we live in an era where our food supply continues to be polluted and degraded with every passing year.
We have a Western medical system that gets pretty much zero nutrition training in medical school, and what they do get is all very much skewed by political influence. We have an alternative medicine system that has also dropped the ball to some extent because, while they do have much better nutrition understanding, they still forget that each person is unique in their dietary needs and what works for one person may not work for another.
I love alternative medicine. It is what I use for my own health challenges. But I have also seen a drastic lack in the attention to bio-individuality when it comes to dietary recommendations. I have worked with a number of practitioners who have gotten stuck in the thinking that their diet of choice is the best and only way that people should eat.
This does a great disservice to their clients and patients. 🙁
I recently polled my wonderful members of my private Facebook community (I’d love to have you come join us here) to ask what topics they were most interested in and how I could better support them as a coach on their healing journies.
There was a resounding call for help figuring out what foods work best for your body.
You see, even though I am a huge fan of real food, not all real food is going to be suitable for everyone. I am a big (and I mean BIG) advocate of ditching diet dogma (i.e. you’re good if you eat this, bad if you eat this, humans should never eat that, etc.).
Diet dogma ruins people’s lives.
What happens when you “go paleo” and start having health problems? Paleo is supposed to be a great way to eat, right? It should work for everyone shouldn’t it since the “experts” all say that humans should never eat things like grains, legumes, or dairy.
Don’t get me wrong. I think paleo is a great way to eat IF it works for you. But, have we ever stopped to think about individuality when it comes to food?
No. Like I said, this is an area that is drastically lacking in both Western medicine and alternative medicine.
We now have countless styles of real food eating, all developed by reputable practitioners and industry experts, but we still have a lot of people who are still struggling with their health even though they are eating in an “ideal” way.
Diet alone cannot cure everything and if your diet is not working for you, you need to be willing to change. But what do you change to? How do you know what foods work for your specific body and what foods do not?
That is exactly why I wrote today’s post over on my other health website. You can read the full article here.