by Heather McCoy, owner of Wellness from Within Holistic Health Coaching
What is bio-individuality?
The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, it’s important for us to make positive changes that are based on our own unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background.
It’s easy in our culture to feel the pressure to look like the hottest celebrity or pop star, but not only does that create unnecessary pressure on ourselves, it’s also unrealistic. The beauty of us is that we are all different. What I need to eat is different from you because we have different metabolisms, live different lifestyles and have different activity levels.
Bio-individuality teaches us to tune in to our own bodies and find out what we need to be happy and healthy. This may mean adopting a vegan lifestyle because that is how you feel your best. It may mean eating meat because you need animal protein. It could mean that you practice yoga because you need to feel calm and centered, or it may mean you practice martial arts because you need to be engaged in activities that get you moving. The important piece is that you find what works for you. This not only makes you healthy but helps you to become less concerned with outside pressures to look or eat a certain way.
Fad diets offer us a one-size-fits-all program, or a mentality of “eat this way and you’ll lose this amount of weight in this amount of time.” While that may work for quick weight loss, it won’t make us happy in the end because we haven’t figured out what we NEED to eat.
Learning how to truly nourish yourself means listening to your body. If you feel bloated after eating wheat, you may have wheat sensitivity. Or perhaps you feel gassy after you eat that bowl of Ben and Jerry’s. It could mean you have problems digesting dairy. Maybe you notice you feel anxious and have trouble sleeping at night. How much coffee do you drink during the day? Maybe it’s time to cut down. Caffeine can often leave us too amped up which leads to difficulty sleeping.
All of these are messages from our bodies and if we take the time to listen, we can achieve lasting health.
Wellness from Within offers a unique approach to health counseling. Recognizing that no one diet works for everyone, I offer a personalized program tailor made for you and your health concerns. I can assist you in a variety of health issues with specialized knowledge in weight loss without deprivation and struggle, whole foods nutrition for hormone balance, especially thyroid health, and increasing vital energy. I also incorporate eating locally and seasonally into my clients’ programs, as I believe it’s the right thing to do for our health, the environment, and for our valued family farms. Check out my website, www.wellnesswithincounseling.com
Heather McCoy is not affiliated with Syracuse University; this is a sponsored post.