We hear it all the time from friends, family and media. “Eat this food (fill in the blank) and watch the pounds melt off!” Take this supplement (fill in the blank) and feel great! Do this (fill in the blank) and look 10 years younger!” If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried quite a few “fill in the blanks,” and you may have actually experienced some of the touted benefits! However, more often than not, there are usually no significant improvements and/or the benefits are short lived; you end up feeling and/or looking the same way you did before starting the so called “magic” formula. Hopefully, not worse!
So how do these easy fixes gain their healthy reputation? Because they probably DO work for some people. Unfortunately, the majority of us don’t fall into the “some” category. It’s in our nature to want to overgeneralize ourselves and think we’re all alike. Male, female, child, teenager, adult, menopausal, peri-menopausal, post-menopausal, senior; these are all common examples of how we group ourselves but when it comes to our health and weight, it’s not enough AND a big mistake!
We all have our own unique versions of bodies and while there are certain foundational systems that are common to all of us, how these systems work and/or don’t work, and how they present themselves is unique to each and every one of us. Hence, why fads work for some but not all.
Take fermented foods for example. I LOVE ferments and the majority of information currently available confirms what I preach: that ferments are really good for you and can help with all sorts of health issues!
However, the more I learn about our bodies foundational systems; specifically that everyone has their own unique version of “metabolic chaos,” (malfunctions within the systems) the more I’m realizing that I’m guilty of overgeneralizing too.
Knowing how your body works before investing time and energy (or both!) into a certain behavior and/or product is a MUST when trying to achieve optimal health and/or health improvement.
For example, fermented foods are NOT good for you (initially) if you have a suspected histamine issue, food intolerance (to food fermented), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) bacterial overgrowth and/or gut pathogens, yeast and fungus. These are quite a few exceptions and very common today as well!
Stop overgeneralizing yourself by jumping on the band wagon of the next fad diet and/or magic formula. Rather, invest your time and energy into finding out what your own unique version of “metabolic chaos” is and work on fixing that instead. You may even find out that you don’t even need the “super food” and/or health enhancing gadget to begin with! You’ll not only be saving yourself time and money in the long run, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for the long, healthy beautiful life you’re trying to achieve.
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