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Choose a diet that's right for you

Posted by: admin at 12:00 am on March 31st, 2016

Q:

Can you please explain why I am having such a hard time finding a diet that works for me - not for just weight loss but feeling better, vitality and sleeping better?

A:

There is a theory called bio-individuality, that there is no "right" diet that works for everyone all of the time. Each person is a very unique individual with highly individualized nutritional requirements. How many times have you had a friend claim the diet they were on worked wonders, only for you to try it and find it dismal, hard to follow and unsuccessful?

And, it is important to remember not all diet plans and programs are scientifically sound and therefore may not be suitable for your system. In addition, personal differences in physique, body composition, anatomy, metabolism, genetics and cell structure influence your overall health and the foods that work best for your body.

Many make choices to follow paleo, vegan, vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pollotarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, raw or just some "diet" only to find it difficult to maintain or find themselves not feeling well after a period of time.

While I recommend no caffeine, no milk and no sugar, completely eliminating animal protein from a diet has its own set of problems. According to Michael Donaldson, a Cornell Ph.D., "dietary vegan sources of B12 are very sparse since plant foods do not contain vitamin B12 in appreciable amounts". While calcium is very important, consuming milk causes more problems, according to the US National Library of Medicine, which states an estimated 65 percent of the global population is lactose intolerant.

Nutrients in our food support the body's repair, growth and wellness. A deficiency in any of the nutrients can lead our bodies to not working to full capacity and can even cause illness, according to webmd.com. Disease is not written in our genetic code. So why is human mankind plagued with so many diseases? It's not the genes but what they're exposed to that forms disease, and that includes our food and our environment. Make healthy choices. The body knows what to eat. It is the brain that makes mistakes.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: You cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails!

Next free nutrition classes are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 11 at Organic Emporium and 6 p.m. April 21 at the Cuero Wellness Center.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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