Does one size fit all?
When it comes to nutrition, does one size fit all? No! We are all biochemically unique and all have different energy requirements, health needs and social situations.
Just because one person thrives on a Paleo diet, doesn’t mean another person will. Personalising your nutrition uses certain information to derive specific advice and support relevant to you the individual.
For example, people with diabetes can benefit from reducing carbohydrates in their diet and people who suffer from reflux may benefit from eliminating common dietary irritants such as fried, fatty and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and acidic foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes. People with allergies to certain foods, need to remove them from their diet and use alternatives. It's quite common for me to see people in the clinic who don’t even realise that food is causing them problems. They think the symptoms they have are normal because they have been living with them for some time. Symptoms can include digestive and respiratory complaints, skin irritation, mood disorders, fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle aches and pains.
We also need to remember that taste is subjective and you may not like or tolerate the same foods as others, so taking a one size fits all approach isn’t appropriate.
Even if you are following a ‘balanced diet’ it doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals that your body is requiring. Particularly if your gut isn’t functioning optimally from a diet high in processed foods, sugar, alcohol, low in fibre and water. There are also other factors such as stress, environmental toxins and recurrent infections which can throw out the balance of your gut.
A 2016 study found that people receiving personalised nutrition advice develop healthier eating habits and are more likely to sustain them long term.
When it comes to the diet, the latest fads or trends constantly change. It has been well documented that fad diets don’t work. By looking at the person as a whole taking into consideration their energy requirements and health needs we can find a diet that works for you.