The new year is upon us, and with it, the renewed pressure to get healthy. For many, this can be motivating. But for others, it can be a drag. Countless fad diets will come and go, and in the end, most people end up even less healthy than where they started. So how do you find the right diet?
Why is finding the right diet so hard?
The truth is – diet is incredibly personal. There are countless factors that go into what your ‘right diet’ is. But physical factors aren’t the only consideration.
Food is emotionally charged for almost every person on the planet. If you eat all of the right foods for your body, but they make you feel miserable – it’s not the right diet.
Your lifestyle matters, too. If your right diet requires hours of preparation that you can’t fit in, then it’s not right. It needs to be balanced between the different areas of your needs.
So you need to keep in mind:
- How your body responds to the food
- How your mind responds to the food
- If it’s achievable within your lifestyle
Factors in the right diet
Here are some of the other factors that commonly influence what the right diet is for you:
- Your genetics
- Your ancestry
- Overall state of health/illness
- Chronic inflammation
- Absorption of nutrition
- Use of nutrition within the body
- Excretion of nutrition from the body
- Medication/drug use
- Alcohol consumption
- Stress levels
- Gut health
- Age and life stage
As you can see – so many options means that we all have our own needs.
How to know which foods belong in your right diet
It’s not impossible to figure out what the right diet for you is. But it does take a lot of observation and awareness around food.
To get started, let’s keep it simple. For every food you consume, I want you to ask yourself two questions:
- How does this food make my body feel?
Do you feel energised after eating it? Are you sluggish an hour or so after eating it? Do you experience symptoms such as bloating after consuming it? These could be signs of issues with the foods themselves, or with your processing of them. If you’re uncertain, consult your health practitioner.
- How does this food make me feel?
Do you feel guilty or shameful after eating it? Does eating that food only ever happen in a binge situation – you can’t stop eating until it’s gone? Do you feel miserable eating it but keep going because it’s ‘healthy’? Or does it make you feel positive because it’s a good choice? You should feel good about the majority of foods you eat. If you do indulge on occasion, you should do so guilt-free. We are far too hard on ourselves when it comes to food!
By using these questions, you can be well on your way to finding your own perfect diet.
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