I’ve been slowly changing my eating habits this year as I’ve been studying holistic nutrition and learning more about bio-individuality and the uniqueness of our individual nutrition needs.
For years, I was an off and on vegetarian and tried to eat a healthy diet. But I’ve learned so much about the best foods for ME personally, and have been experiencing less cravings (especially sugar!!) and more overall energy as I’ve made some simple changes.
Many of you have asked questions about my health coaching program, including how to know what kind of diet is best for you (paleo? vegetarian? vegan?).
Eating the right foods for YOU is a common question. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of the factors I consider with my clients, and a few tests I use to determine the best food choices to find your healthy, happy balance.
Let’s start with two factors to consider:
1) Genetics and regions
Our bodies have slowly adapted to our food and lifestyles as they have changed over the years, and one of the first places to begin when you look at what your body prefers is to research where your ancestors are from and what their diet was. Ancestry impacts our bio-individuality and is connected to the kinds of food that your body will (and will not) tolerate well.
For example, people of Asian descent generally do not process dairy very well because it is not a large part of their traditional diet. In contrast, those from European descent often have an easier time digesting milk, cheese and yogurt because it was a part of their ancestor’s diets. Here’s an overview of traditional regional diets.
Despite the wide range of regional diets, they are all quite different from the current American diet:
Our ancestors wouldn’t recognize the food in the middle aisles of our grocery stores!
2) Blood type diet
I’ve found this concept fascinating. I don’t think any one test should be considered the final answer for you, but the blood type tests can give tremendously helpful information about the type of diet and foods you thrive on, especially when taken into consideration with the results of other tests.
The premise is that our blood types have changed as we went from a hunter-gather lifestyle (O type), to agricultural (A), to the modern day (dairy and grains- B). Based on our blood type, we have tendencies to process some foods better than others due to chemical reactions that occur between your blood and the food you eat. The types have resonated with my husband and I, and many of my clients as well. More information can be found in this book.
There are several other factors and tests that I like to consider, including metabolic testing and Aryuveda types. I’ll continue this series next week with part two of how to determine the best foods for your body. And I’m linking up with Jenn today.
I recently began offering shorter programs in the areas that I receive the most questions about including:
- eating right for your body type (based on blood type, metabolic tests and aryuvedic principles)
- conquering sugar cravings
- healthy eating for the whole family
If you are simply curious or know that you need to make changes (lack of energy, bloating, digestive issues, suspected food sensitivities), I am happy to chat to see if this program could be a good fit for you (more details here).
Have you found foods that your body does not tolerate well? Have you ever done testing on your own or with a health practitioner?