Sugar-free? Paleo? Vegan? Pegan? Wait, what? I don’t even know what that is! Why are we so obsessed with labels? And why are we so quick to judge others based on their ‘label’?
A warning in advance; this blog post is kind of ranty but given my heavily scientific background combined with my passion for working with an individuals’ own metabolism and circumstances (home-life, work schedule, exercise routine etc), I just had to get it out!
It’s been fascinating watching from afar the sh*! storm of media stories and social posts about who’s nutritional camp we should all subscribe to. In Australia, if not America and the UK too, wellness advocates, Paleo chefs, anti-sugar crusaders, medical professionals……they’re all at loggerheads, professing to hold an arsenal of keys, from curing cancers to enduring weight loss.
Is this truly what they are saying? Numerous stories of late would have us believe that they are, and indeed though some of the claims are downright criminal in my opinion, not all of us in this field are so bold as to profess to have the one answer for everyone. Is it any wonder we are so confused about who to believe in, who to trust, what is real, what works?
Does it matter if I generally follow a Paleo approach but eat legumes and love my German rye bread? If I love Sarah Wilson’s awesome recipes, choose to consume more fruit than she does but I can’t stand rice malt syrup? It’s time to admit it- there is no one-size fits all. Genetics and the way our DNA is modified by the environment ensure this. But what is for sure is that some basic principles based on how all of our bodies metabolise nutrients and react to hormones are a common thread.
But what I do find truly frightening is the growing disregard and almost distain for medicine and in its place, a growing mass of unfounded, media-hyped, social media driven non-facts. This, my friends, is what should worry us the most.
I strongly believe that functional (nutritional) medicine and evidence based nutrition research can form the basis for our enduring good health. But I also believe we need to open our minds to explore some of the apparently ‘unconfirmed’ homeopathic, alternative approaches and integrate them in a controlled safe way (ie. when we understand how they may impact on human physiology and endocrinology).
And that is the underlying philosophy that I use in my work as a nutritionist. My mind is open to a clients beliefs and how they live their lives, and I guide them with proven nutritional and lifestyle choices from various ‘named’ diets. It’s my no-name approach!
That’s it. End rant. Thanks for sticking with me!