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Seeking the perfect diet

What is the perfect diet? Keto? Paleo? Vegan? To juice fast or not to juice fast? With so much contradictory information out there, how do you know which diet is truly the ideal diet for you? They all promise miraculous, life changing results like weight loss and overall improved function. Maybe some of your loved ones have had amazing results with one of these popular diets, while your experience with it got you nowhere fast. Maybe you lost weight and felt amazing when you first started the diet, only to gain the weight back a few months down the road and return to feeling a lack of energy. Maybe you eliminated your eczema and indigestion, only to have it return with a vengeance later. "What am I doing wrong?", you may ask. "Susan had such great success with this. Why am I not seeing the same results?"

Maybe you find that adhering to the diet just isn't sustainable for you. You go headfirst into it with motivation and inspiration only to end up giving in to cravings a few days or weeks later. You might be left feeling confused, hopeless, or even blame yourself. So how do you know what's right for you? The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all diet. The good news, though, is that there is a unique diet that works just for you and figuring it out is not as hopeless as it may seem. Each one of us is biochemically different. Our organs might be slightly different sizes or positioned a little differently in our bodies. Some of us produce enzymes that others don't. Our nutrient needs change as we age and can also change day to day or hour to hour based on our activity level, our environment, the amount of sleep we got, and our lifestyle choices. Each of us has our own, unique microbiome consisting of varying types and levels of microscopic organisms living in, and on, our bodies. This may sound gross and even give you the heebiejeebies, but rest assured, these little buggers are vital to your health and survival. Our eyes have their own microbiomes, our guts and mouths have their own microbiomes, and our skin has its own microbiome. These micro-organisms help us digest food, convert nutrients, make up most of our immune system, and even dictate much of our brain function.

The human body is dynamic. Its complex fluidity is experienced through several factors. Contrary to common belief, this includes our DNA. Through the science of epigenetics, we understand that even a great deal of our genetic expressions is influenced by our choices.

What is epigenetics, you ask?

Epigenetics directly translates to "on top of genes" and refers to environmental factors that turn on or off genes. For a gene to manifest a result, it must be either turned on or off. We influence this power switch through diet and lifestyle choices. What this ultimately means is that your genes are not your destiny. Perhaps your father, grandfather, and uncle all died of a heart attack. While you might be predisposed to this epigenetic result, you are not necessarily doomed to the same fate. By making more informed, healthy choices, you can break the cycle. The science of epigenetics and microbiology are quite compelling, and it is through my education in these fields that I realized the importance of building a nutrition practice based on assessing and addressing clients' individual biochemical needs.

My passion for personalized nutrition grew out of the muddy waters of my own health status. I spent my 20s chronically fatigued and consistently sick. I saw various specialists to no avail. I felt hopeless and desperate. Eventually, I took my health into my own hands and through diet and lifestyle changes I began seeing amazing results. Nutrition became my greatest passion and led me to pursue an education in the field. My education taught me how to assess biochemical individuality and I am beyond excited about being able to offer my skills and knowledge to the Tahoe community that I love so dearly. I take a holistic approach to my practice, meaning that I look at the whole person and all the many factors that influence one's wellbeing.

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My story is all too common. Many Americans suffer from chronic fatigue, digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, and degenerative health. What is your story? How would you like your next chapter to read? How do you think you can begin to cultivate wellness in your own life today?

I invite you to join me at our upcoming TEA Party on June 28, where we will discuss the topics covered in this article, and I will lead a Q&A session for all your nutrition questions.

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