Your Perfect Diet DOES Exist

Your Perfect Diet DOES Exist

That’s right. The perfect diet DOES exist.

Is it the Mediterranean Diet? The Paleo Diet? Should you become a vegetarian or a vegan?

It’s difficult to find substantive nutrition information these days. Bestselling diet books often disagree with each other. The more extreme the diet, the more copies it sells. Some of my personal favorites include The Pineapple Diet, The Peanut Butter Diet and The Ice Cream Diet. These books make me laugh and cry at the same time. Why are there so many confusing messages out there? Who do you rely on for good, solid nutrition advice?

On top of that, we all know people who are extremely careful about what they eat and other people who have a more relaxed attitude toward food. Your best friend may thrive on a vegan diet while your grandparents are healthy eating animal foods. Which is correct?

Both! You see, each and every person has unique needs. No one diet works for everyone. At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), I have learned that food must be about the individual, not about the theory. One person’s food is another person’s poison – a concept IIN founder, Joshua Rosenthal, calls Bio-IndividualityTM.

My goal is to help you discover your bio-individual diet. Your bio-individual diet is the perfect diet for YOU.

Human beings, like every species, know that what they eat changes everything. Over time people experimented, made mistakes, and slowly have started to realize that cookie cutter diets don’t really work.

You can’t tell people what kind of relationship to be in or what kind of music they’re going to enjoy. Why is it acceptable to tell people what kind of food they should be eating?

You are a very intelligent woman. However, with the endless diet books and quick-fix programs out there, you may have outsmarted your own eating intuition. It’s time to understand what foods you’re attracted to and why.

When you want to determine what to eat, you need to look and understand yourself. Your gender, age, and culture all influence your food choices and can help you discover your bio-individual diet.

Here are some questions to ask yourself: 

What is your gender? Chances are you’re a woman, but it’s important to know that men and women eat differently. What works for women, may or may not work for men.

What is your age? People eat differently at different ages. What worked for you when you were 18 or 25 years old may not work for you anymore. At this point in your life, what foods make you feel energized? What foods make you feel sluggish? What foods are easy or difficult to digest?

What is your culture? Everyone has a genetic predisposition to eat the foods from the country where our ancestors grew up. What are your comfort foods? What foods nourish your mind, body, and spirit?

What is your activity level? People who are physically active have different nutritional requirements than people who are not. Do you work at a desk and sit for most of your day? Do you have a labor-intensive job? How often do you exercise?

If you need guidance and support to discover your bio-individual diet, it might be time to finally hire a trained professional. As a Health Coach, I am your personal advocate for living a healthy, fulfilling and balanced life. By working together, we can discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you.

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free consultation (via phone or Skype) with me. During this consultation, we will discuss your health history and current lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals. Click here to get started.

Much Love,

 

 

P.S. If Bio-Individuality is a new concept to you, leave a comment below, and tell me why you’re excited about this cutting-edge concept. I’m excited to hear from you!

Source: Integrative Nutrition, Inc.

30 Things I Know Are True On My 30th Birthday

30 Things I Know Are True On My 30th Birthday

1. I am a child of God and faith is my foundation.

2. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

3. Family and friends are more important than money.

4. The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They make the best of everything they have.

5. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

6. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

7. “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

8. “Health is NOT a luxury. It is a necessity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

9. Stress is related to 99% of all illness.

10. If you want to fly, you must let go of the crap that weighs you down.

11. True health is measured by happiness in ALL areas of your life.

12. Mistakes and failures are learning opportunities and nothing more.

13. The past is over and the future is not here yet so all there is… is NOW.

14. 7-8 hours of sleep every night is non-negotiable for optimal health, happiness and productivity.

15. I am a morning person despite living 29 1/2 years as a night owl.

16. How much money you make does NOT impress me. How you earn your money and what you do with your money may (or may not) impress me.

17. Real food is medicine, but laughter is the BEST medicine.

18. Junk food is a drug. Addictive and toxic to your mind and body.

19. “One person’s food is another person’s poison.” – Joshua Rosenthal

20. The food industry is deceiving. Right Food Babe?

21. If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.

22. Balancing your personal and professional life is one of the best things you can do for your health and happiness.

23. You are always one workout away from a good mood.

24. The best ab exercise is 5 sets of stop eating so much crap. 😉

25. No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

26. If you hear something enough times, you start to believe it’s true. Question everything you are told.

27. “Who you are is as important as what you know, and how you be is as important as what you do. Love heals.” – Paul Epstein, MD

28. Life will never be perfect. If you’re waiting for the “right” time to do something – launch your business, begin a fitness plan, or get married – you’re going to be waiting forever.

29. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Live in the present and take action today, because that is where progress happens.

30. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care if yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

Did any of my truths resonate with you? If so, which one(s) and why? Comment below!

Much Love,

Top 10 Fitness Tips

Top 10 Fitness Tips

1. Commit to Get Fit

Clear your mind and set a goal. Give yourself a deadline. Schedule your workouts in your calendar like you would with other important appointments. Your workouts are JUST as important! Commit to yourself and your goals.

2. Recruit Your Crew 

Numerous research studies have shown that people with strong social support are much more successful at lifestyle change than those who don’t. Get your love and other family members on board, find an accountability partner, connect with other like-minded people, seek out group workouts, and surround yourself with cheerleaders!

3. Nourish Naturally

Clean up your diet and keep it simple. Drink more water and include a green veggie in every meal. Focus on drinking more water and eating REAL food (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, high-quality proteins, etc.) so that you have less room for the FAKE food (pre-packaged, processed, artificial “junk” food).

4. Have Fun

Find a physical activity you LOVE so much that it becomes something you crave. It can be Zumba, biking, hiking, Bootcamp, yoga, Pilates, belly dancing, anything! If you love it and have fun, you’ll stick with it.

5. Celebrate Small Successes

You only lost one pound of fat? Don’t fret! One pound is AMAZING. In fact, go to your fridge and take out 1 pound of butter and place it on your countertop. Look at it. You lost that much fat! Congratulate yourself and keep going. And remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. Small steps lead to BIG rewards.

6. Forgive Yourself

We all have slip-ups. They’re part of the journey. Don’t beat yourself up. Get back on track and keep moving forward.

7. Lift to Get Lean

Strength training is not just for men! If you want to reduce body fat and tone up you need to lift weights. Sexy shape means strong muscles.

8. Nurture Yourself

Be sure to listen to your body, take breaks during your workouts, if needed, and rest between your workouts. Recovery between your workouts is just as important to maximize the benefit of the workout and to prevent injury. Post-workout recovery tips is a whole new blog post, so to keep things simple, here are some basic recovery tips: (1) be sure to drink plenty of water, (2) eat your greens, (3) soothe your muscles with massage, foam rolling/stretching, or restorative yoga, and (4) get your beauty sleep (at least 7-8 hours per night).

9. Focus on How You Feel

Consider stepping off the scale. Rapid weight loss is neither healthy nor sustainable. Keep track of other signs of your progress, like how well your clothes fit and how much better you feel.

10. Stay Balanced

How you feel greatly affects your food choices, and vice-versa. Never lose sight of your faith, family, or friends in the process of getting fit. Your relationships, spiritual practice, and a full-filling career also nourish your mind, body and soul.

What are your go-to fitness tips? Let me know, comment below! 

Much Love,