If you have tried to revamp your health only to give up, time and time again – I understand why – I’ve been there myself!
There is so much information and not to mention misinformation in the wellness space, that it can all quite frankly become overwhelming and put many people off before they start. The media is constantly producing articles that are contradictory, which adds to the confusion. Should you take supplements? Should you do a paleo, vegan, 5:2 or keto diet? Is good nutrition and frequent exercise enough? Is fruit healthy? Is fat good for you? How many vegetables should you be eating? How long is suitable for fasting? How much alcohol is too much?
The questions and variation of answers are simply endless and then the mind boggles. The short and rather unhelpful answer to all of these questions is – it depends! For a start, it depends on your body type, the current state of your health, whether you’re a male or female and your genetics. So, when it comes to any advice, I tend to stay away from advice that starts with “everyone should…”
Let me give you a couple of examples. Eggs are a good source of protein, however eggs are one of the three top food sensitivities (along with dairy and gluten). It may not be a good idea to eat them every day, especially if you don’t feel optimal.
Fasting can have amazing benefits and longer fasting can be especially suitable for men and women of a larger body type, but there is a fine line before it can put hormones out of balance and your body will start holding extra weight as it thinks you are in survival mode.
Carbohydrates are what our body fuels itself on, but thanks to the keto craze, many people restrict carbohydrate intake – another good way for hormones and the gut microbiome to go out of balance in the long term.
Exercise is also essential for optimal health, however going overboard can throw hormones out of balance and make us feel depleted. It’s always best to ease your way in and ensure recovery days.
There are always so many variables and that is why I recommend anyone who is looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle to get a health coach on board to tailor a process that’s right for you. Soon enough you will be able to listen to your body’s cues and be able to tailor an approach for yourself.
It’s so empowering when you know what foods your body doesn’t react well to, what it takes for you to have a good night’s sleep (not just once in a while, but consistently) and how much exercise is too little and too much for you.
If you feel that you’re not quite where you want to be in terms of your health and would like a step in the right direction, please contact me to book a discovery call to see if we are a good fit to work together.
I hope this finds you well!