Bio-Individuality | There is no such thing as a One-Size-Fits-All Diet

If you're new to our blog and Instagram, 1) welcome! and 2) you should know that @fitcityblonde is comprised of three women (for proof, see our About page). Yes, we are all blonde, and yes we have similar backgrounds and lifestyles which lead us to post similar gym selfies and smoothie pictures. But we are three unique individuals, all requiring different workout routines, dietary preferences, and ways of living. 

While we can all agree that there are certain food choices that are *in general* beneficial for everyone to adopt (we'll touch on those in a different post), there is no one-size-fits-all diet. This is the concept of bio-individuality, as explained to me by Joshua Rosenthal, the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a holistic nutrition school in which I am currently enrolled.

The social media world that we find ourselves in today makes this concept hard to accept. Instagram has become a copy-cat culture, and it's easy to mimic what others are doing/making/lifting/eating without thinking about how your body will handle it. Just because your favorite yoga teacher, fitness model, or food blogger wears army pants and flip flops, does not mean that you should wear army pants and flip flops. Better said - just because @shutthekaleup drinks a kombucha on the daily does not mean you should start chugging this probiotic miracle-worker after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Do your research, try it out, make sure it agrees with your body, and then begin to slowly incorporate into your diet. Even then, continue to re-evaluate how it makes you feel, as your needs will likely change over time. Your exact diet at this point in your life should not remain the same from here on out. Just as your life evolves, so will your dietary needs. Keep checking in with your body and be mindful of how it is reacting to what's on your plate. 

Bio-individuality is the concept that no one diet or lifestyle works for everyone. People have their own unique needs and will have a way of eating and living that works best for them. Your perfect diet could make someone else gain weight or feel lethargic, while someone else’s morning run could leave your body feeling weak and depleted. In addition, your needs will likely change over time.
Exactly what you’re doing now probably won’t work in the same way as you and your life evolve. You’ll have to keep checking in to see what’s working for you as you go through changes like moving, getting a new job, or having children. Some factors to consider when seeing what works for your bio-individuality are lifestyle, occupation, geographic area, available resources, body type, age, culture, and religion.
— Joshua Rosenthal, IIN

I'll admit, mindful eating isn't as easy as it sounds. Mindful eating occurs when we are in tune with how we feel and stop when we are full - letting our body catch up to our brain. When we're mindful, we eat when our stomach tells us we're hungry, not when our emotional tank is empty or we are bored or lonely. Mindful eating is not multi-tasking or distracted. It should become a small ritual that deserves your attention and concentration - really think about the cultures, people, animals, or plants that made it possible for that food to find it's way to your plate. When we pause to consider everything that went into our meal, we can make wiser choices about the health in our food, not only for our bodies but for the planet as a whole. 

Through our Instagram and blog, we want to share what we're currently experimenting with and what works best for our lifestyles. Take our suggestions, modify them for your own lifestyle or just leave them altogether. It's up to you! All we ask is that you put in a little bit of work and mindfulness to find what best suits your needs. Remember to be open to the fact that your needs will adapt over time. And of course, share where you are on your journey! We love hearing from you. 

xx,

J

*Full disclosure - I do drink a kombucha every.single.day. because it makes me feel GOOD & I'm not sure what I'd do without it.