In today’s world there is a plethora of books and articles on diets and ways of eating. Some plans work for many but not for others. This is natural because we are all individual, with different genetic dispositions and different lifestyles. Keeping in mind the need for this bio-individuality is important if chasing the next fad food craze.
Strangely our fast paced lifestyles have also taught us to be dogmatic in our approach to eating – black or white, all or nothing, no in between ground. We don’t blink an eye at radically changing direction and suddenly eating raw for months, juicing only for weeks, or suddenly cutting out a major food group because some book on New York Times’ best selling list told us in absolute terms that that is the latest research.
I would like to suggest that collectively and individually our needs and tastes change. So allow yourself TO LET GO of a diet or way of eating when it no longer serves you, AND beware of jumping from one fad to another. Get in touch with the messages your body sends you – when you listen intuitively your body will instinctively guide you to towards what it needs to fulfil its nutritional quota.
And if you do realise that you have adopted a trendy badge of honour, for example been proudly 100% Paleo for six months, question if that decision is still valid for you. Is your body happy, does it crave something else, are there signs of lethargy appearing that could signal a deficiency?
I whole heartedly suggest once in a while tasting a food that you have consciously cut out of your diet to see it if is still “bad” for you – chances are your body may do cartwheels at the infusion of minerals it missed. If you have been juicing only for weeks your body may be craving textured foods to chew or be needing to release more digestive enzymes through the action of chewing. Keep your body guessing by changing up your eating routine, just as you would change a fitness routine.
Checking back in with excluded food groups from time to time prevents you from travelling years down one track only to find out you took a wrong turn at some point…it also makes sure you are being true to your own bio-individuality and not someone else’s. Everything in moderation, even health!