Soul LOVE Fest Masterclass Instructor, Erin LaPointe shares a little insight on harmonizing nutrition and understanding what foods are right for YOU.
What Foods Should You Eat?
Knowing what to eat can be very confusing. The news and fad diets only cloud the information that we’ve learned and know about ourselves. We are taught to listen to society and ignore our own intuition.
Each person’s heritage, blood type, lifestyle, geographical location, season, age and more affect what they need to nourish their body at any given moment.
Bio- individuality honors this idea that each person needs something different as we continue to change and grow. You must tune in to learn which foods bring vitality to your life and which ones do not.
Unfortunately, this means that what is working perfectly for your friend or neighbor may have the opposite effect on you. So if you have been frustrated that you haven’t found the right balance for your body, I am here to help.
Tap Into Food and Your Emotions
There are a lot of great ways to feed and nourish your body. In order to live your best life, you have to find the balance of what that means for you.
And, once you find what works for you, you will start to see what might work for other people in your family.
For example, you may notice that you get grouchy and edgy and tired if you don’t eat enough protein early in the day. Maybe you start to include some nuts and seeds or beans. You may notice that your children also do better when they have protein for breakfast.
However, you may notice that they do better when they have an egg scramble with chicken and veggies topped with avocado. Both your children and you require starting the day with protein but you find over time and with coaching that the proteins can be different.
Being able to notice these subtle differences in your body (and in your children or family members) will help as time goes on. With the change of the seasons, your hormones, and stress levels (whether an increase or decrease), the types of foods your body needs will also change.
You will know when it’s time for a change when you stop feeling energized, the cravings return, or symptoms like aches and pains, indigestion, or headaches start to occur. Those are all good indicators that something is not quite aligned with your current nutritional needs.
What’s Your Perfect Food Plan?
To find your own bio-individual diet, you have many different options:
· Trial and error. A elimination diet where you cut foods out and see how you feel can be very helpful but sometimes difficult. You slowly add foods back in, paying attention to what gives you the most energy and helps relieve any symptoms. Trying opposite sides of the spectrum. For example, eggs and bacon and veggies for breakfast one day and then on a different day try a light broth soup or green juice or smoothie. See which energizes you more. You may be surprised.
· Tune into what your body needs and try to follow it. Our bodies often try to tell us what they need, but we don’t always know how to listen. For example, you may hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet you may have no appetite and feel best when you start the day with tea and a piece of fruit. Listen to this and ignore the adage about breakfast. This may not apply to you. You may require a smaller window of eating (10 am – 6 pm) vs. (6 am – 6 pm).
· Do the research. Look into the blood type diets, ayurvedic, Chinese medicine, metabolic typing, body type, and more to give yourself a place to start.
Another option to finding out how to nourish your body is to shorten your course and work with a Health Coach. This tends to be the best and easiest option for most people. Work with a coach who has experience in looking at lifestyle and nutrition choices and can help you see what symptoms could be connected to foods in your life is really the best way to figure this out. It only takes a few sessions for me to give you a clear idea of how to fuel your body on YOUR average day and feel great!
Because proper nutrition is health issue, and can be a huge part of preventative medicine, many people tend to turn to their doctors for information. Unfortunately, doctors only receive a small amount, if any, nutritional training in medical school unless they are specifically interested in nutrition. Doctors also tend to be overworked and don’t have the time to sit down with each patient and walk them through different resources and ideas.
This is where a health coach comes in. We receive a different type of nutritional training than what is provided in a medical school. The body is viewed as a whole; if you have a stomach ache and joint pain, we will explore how those two could be connected. Health coaches have the time and resources to guide you through different options and help you through the trials and changes.
Many coaches will also work hand in hand with doctors, partnering for your better health. Coaches and doctors have different sets of knowledge and can provide you with different perspectives. Having both is a huge benefit to you and your family. I want to help inspire you to provide nourishing meals for yourself and your family while also maintaining balance in your daily life. It just takes a few small steps to create a HUGE impact on how you feel each day.