Eating “right” is not a universal idea but instead, one that requires taking the time to understand your own body’s unique relationship with food.
No, you don’t need to spend hundreds on a nutritionist (though if you’re having health issues or would like personalized expertise – It’s worth the dough). Nutritional science is an area of study constantly under fire due to various factors like funding, unreliable or dishonest focus groups, and bias. What does this mean for you?
It means that blanketly trusting a new diet fad or a list of “healthy foods” could be wasteful in time, energy, and money. I’m sorry to say, there is no one universal diet for all people. The way your body reacts and processes different types of food is different than your sister, your best friend, and your crazy hot co-worker. The resources below spring boards to start you thinking in the right direction.
Nutrition for your Body Type
Nutrition for your Body Shape
Maybe you’d prefer to think of yourself in less scientific terms and more like a cute fruit. Maybe you’re a pear, an apple, or a diamond crusted hourglass shape? Where you store your fat is telling of “insulin sensitivity and weight gain. So, it’s super important to eat according to your body type to ensure that your metabolism is working at its best” says Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Top Balance Nutrition.
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Nutrition because you're a Human
- Before embarking on your nutritional re-discovery, familiarize yourself with the 6 essential nutrients and why your body needs them.
- Remind yourself (seriously, right now) that you are a complex dynamic individual and finding what is right for your body is about feeling good and may take some trial and error.
- Do some reading and de-bunk common food myths.
- Understand how to read a nutrition label and what that means for your body
- Consider food allergy or food intolerance testing. This can be done by your doctor or you can keep a food journal and notate when you feel bloating to narrow down possible foods that are not sitting well with you (my very health conscious friend ended up having a mild intolerance to spinach that was keeping her bloated!)