Nutrition is hands down one of the most misunderstood elements of the overall health picture and because of that it is definitely one of the most frustrating things for most people.
If you've ever attempted to go on a diet or significantly change the way that you eat then you've probably discovered firsthand that there is A TON of variability when it comes to what works and what doesn't.
The reality is that what may work well for you may be completely different than what has worked for some of your friends or even family members, much less what has worked for the trainer or nutritionist that you've previously worked with.
Anytime you see or hear about someone who makes a fervent stand that their nutrition plan, diet or way of eating is the best and will yield tremendous results for anyone and everyone then please do yourself a favor and stop, turn around and run in the other direction.
Your body is truly incredible and to the degree that it is incredible it is also unique.
The way in which you process and digest food, the bacterial flora that you have in your digestive tract, the percentages of macro-nutrients you require, whether your body currently runs primarily off of carbohydrate or fat metabolism, the efficiency of your body's overall digestion and utilization of nutrients, your hormone levels, and your psychological views and beliefs about food all impact the way in which your body will respond to any nutrition program.
So thinking that there is a one size fits all solution to nutrition is like attempting to say that everyone on Earth is exactly the same. You know for a fact that you are different than anyone else on Earth so why would you settle for anything less than a completely customized nutrition program?
The ONLY Nutrition Program That Works is Nutrition That Works For YOU.
Anything else is really irrelevant and doesn't have a place when it comes to the Creation of Thriving Health.
It's important to go into a little more detail on what I mean by Nutrition That Works For You.
We're not just talking about Nutrition that supports whatever your current health or fitness goals may currently be. Of course it is important to recognize what you'd like to change so that it can be tracked, but changing everything about the way that you eat to simply achieve a specific weight loss, body composition or body transformation result/goal is missing the boat.
In fact, that's precisely why so many people struggle to sustain any results that they do create.
You've seen it many times and you may have even experienced it yourself...changes begin to occur and you get excited about how you're looking or feeling different and then you get tired of making sacrifices and you lose the results that you worked so hard to create.
The perpetual Yo-Yo Cycle of Health.
Not only does it lead to all kinds of frustration and terrible feelings towards oneself and the lack of ability to stick to something...it also has terrible implications for your overall health.
Nutrition that works for you is something that leads to the results that you're after, but in a different way than you may have approached it up to this point.
Instead of making nutritional changes be about the goal...what if you made the changes about caring for and loving yourself and recognized that the achievement of the goal or the results is actually just a side effect of doing that?
A slight shift in perspective that can immediately begin to give us a lot greater understanding of what is actually going to work for you...permanently.
So when we dive deeper into how Nutrition Can Work For You it's important that we consider the two primary components of how what you eat affects your body and your overall health.
1) Physiological: this deals specifically with the physical and chemical processes that take place for you when you eat something.
2) Psychological: this has more to do with the thoughts, ideas and beliefs you have about yourself and the foods that you eat.
Physiologically, you eat for a very simple reason...to provide your body with the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients to create and sustain energy.
Psychologically, there's a lot more going on than you may realize because whether you like it or not, you have been given or have developed beliefs about both yourself and food.
Even beyond that, you've made meaning about what certain foods mean to you and probably without you knowing it some of them have even become triggers for the release of pleasure hormones.
So these seemingly separate components are actually very interrelated and cannot be fully separated if you're concerned with creating Nutrition That Works.