When I introduce myself to new friends or acquaintances, I get the usual question: what do you do for work? I always give the same answer and I can usually predict the response. When I proudly announce that I am a nutritionist, I either encounter a glazed and puzzled look or a look of sheer terror. The glazed and puzzled look is from new friends that don’t know exactly what a nutritionist does. The look of terror usually comes from people who automatically think that I want to police their food intake.
Let me assure you, I don’t want to watch, count, or monitor anybody’s food choices. My goal as a nutritionist is to teach my clients helpful principles and strategies so they are empowered to choose the best foods for their bodies. A typical appointment with me starts by discussing what you ate during the last 72 hours. Then we talk about your goals, symptoms, and questions. I teach my clients how to navigate the changes in their diet and lifestyle that they (not I) want to make.
The most commonly asked question I receive is: what is the best diet or eating plan? My answer is always the same: it depends on the person. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for the masses. There is only biochemical individuality, which means that everyone needs different nutrients at different times and in different amounts.
While that may seem like a frustrating answer, when you give it some thought, it makes complete sense. Each human being is influenced by their genetics and environment---which includes social relationships, air, water, food, stress, and exposures. We are each a unique blend of all that makes us who we are in a physical and emotional sense. Because of our individuality, we need to choose our diet as individuals.
Have you ever wondered why some people feel great on the Keto diet, while others want to vomit? Or what about your friend who is a juicer and vegetarian and feels great all the time? This is an example of biochemical individuality. All diets and eating plans fit some people. But no eating plan fits all people.
Your responsibility to your body is to find and implement the best eating plan for you at any given time in your life. You owe it to the form that houses your spirit (i.e. your body) to give it what it needs.
My job as a nutritionist is to understand various eating plans and guide you to what will work best for you. You can think of me as your sherpa guiding you through the mountains of eating plans and nutrition information.
Now, while there is not one single diet that fits all people, let me assure you that there are several absolute truths that cover all people. Let me share a few of them with you:
We are all constantly bombarded by food, nutrition, and lifestyle advertisements. There are so many diets and eating plans that it can be overwhelming. But if you eat whole foods that look like they did in nature you are already mastering the most important element of any diet. Just eat real food. I’m always happy to be your guide through this process. Set up an appointment here.
In good health,
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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