We are all different people with different lifestyles, ages, DNA, locations, and body types. Because we’re all unique, our diets should be too. This is called bio-individuality, and it’s why one person’s food is another person’s poison.
Men eat differently than women; children eat differently than older adults. People who do physical work every day eat differently than people who spend hours at their desks. We also eat different food at different times of the year.
We should understand to listen to our body and to eat intuitively, paying attention to what makes sense for us.
For example, a person can really do well on a high-protein diet while another person might get sick and feel really weak. The same person on a high-protein diet, after three months, may feel ill and need to adjust their diet, perhaps because of a change in the season or their lifestyle.
I experienced this phenomenon recently. I used to eat animal protein throughout my life. At the beginning of this year, I felt the desire to switch towards a plant-based diet, without forcing myself. This was because of my personal taste; I didn’t desire fish, meat and eggs (and I don’t like dairy).
I did some inner reflections to understand why my taste suddenly changed.
Well, as with many people, 2020 has been a really tough year, full of changes and unknowns. My body decided it needed to have more root vegetables and earthy food to keep me grounded and calmer.
This is the only explanation I could come up with.
I had to keep running my online business and I couldn’t allow myself to be pessimistic and anxious; I had to be grounded. For me, switching from eating animal proteins to a plant-based diet was the right thing at the right time, but who knows if I’ll change back next year.
While we all need to respect some general, fundamental guidelines, we should also adjust them according to our own taste, lifestyle, and environment.
There is no one right diet that works for everyone.
I encourage you to explore what works best for you and to trust your body. You can’t fail a diet that you created for your own lifestyle.
Some guidelines that work for everyone are:
Less meat, milk, sugar, and “chemicalized” artificial junk food
Less coffee and alcohol
More fruits, vegetables, and whole foods
Enough drinking water
Adequate rest- 7-8 hours of sleep
I would love to hear from you, have you ever been on a diet and then off a diet because it was very hard to sustain it?
Have you ever struggled to understand what really works for you?
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