There is no one size fits all approach to nutrition.
What works for one person may not work for the next, and that’s okay. What’s important is that you find something that makes you feel great, is easy to maintain, and fits within your food budget.
Food is life, it’s foundational to our overall wellbeing. What you eat directly impacts the health of every single cell in your body and dictates how much energy you’re able to produce. Depending on their function, our cells use amino acids (proteins), vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars, antioxidants, and/or fiber to carry out their work. When our cells don’t receive these building blocks and/or are bombarded by things that aren’t really food (think processed food items) we start to see issues arise. Maybe your digestion starts to falter, you begin to notice more acne developing, you can’t get enough energy without the aid of caffeine, your monthly cycle gets shorter, your PMS symptoms get worse, and so on and so on. It doesn’t matter what you’re dealing with, the healing process always starts with food.
In my eyes there are 6 major components to overhauling your diet that apply to everyone. Of course there are bio-individual considerations, for example maybe you don’t thrive eating a ton of carbs or perhaps you prefer plant based protein over animal, but overall every nutrition program should touch on all 6. Women who work with me learn all 6, then customize based on their specific health concerns and lifestyle factors.
Listed in no particular order of importance, here are the 6 nutrition principles I include in every protocol:
I know this list can feel overwhelming at first glance but it’s not about doing everything at once. I like to focus on the “low-hanging fruit” – what are the things that don’t feel overwhelming and you can sustain over the long haul? This is where you start. Remember that small changes can have huge impacts and consistency is more important than compliance (e.g. being perfect all the time).
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Happy eating y’all!