Following my morning clients today, I began chatting with my colleagues about nutrition. It was an impromptu discussion, but it definitely reinforced some recurring challenges in the nutrition world today. The main issues continued to revolved around diets and meal plans. Everyone wants to know what to eat, but telling them does not magically make it happen. If they do follow the plan, then magic still does not happen. Then the search for another answer is in full effect. Paleo. Keto. Rhino. Whatever. There are a bunch of political nutrition parties trying to get you to buy into what they feel is best because of their experience. What is never discussed is why? Or how? Or when? It occurred to me instantly we are not thinking scientifically about nutrition.
To put it into perspective, I am often asked how I feel about certain diets. My response is usually a long pause because I know who is asking me really has either had a horrible or amazing experience with said diet. I then resort to my question what is your goal? Knowing the goal allows me to have an idea whether it fits with what they are trying to accomplish. The challenge I always encounter shortly thereafter is one of two things: "I feel better, but I cannot do what I did before" or "I feel worse, but I can do what I could not before". If their goal was met, then my response is, "Well, then it sounds like your plan is working." Shortly after, their retort is but I lost this. Ah, now we have to talk science because we must ask "Why?". May hypotheses abound, and the testing of these begin. Now we are in science nutrition. Follow?
Political nutrition has its fit, but there can be a cost-benefit we forget to calculate or ignore. In order to really achieve greatness, we must look deeper at your individual needs and create hypotheses on what would be best and develop it from there. If you are interested in learning more about some base principles in the science realm, register for my upcoming Foundation Lessons at the left of your screen or use the menu toggle at the top left of your mobile device. See you there.