As a nutritionist, most of my conversations throughout the day go something like this:
"I want to lose 15 pounds, what should I be eating?"
"I'm an athlete looking to eat the appropriate macros, what's best for me?"
"I'm struggling with a thyroid condition, what foods should I avoid?"
And while many conversations start this way, what I end up telling my clients is that every body is beautifully unique. This is what fascinates me most and motivated me to study the field of functional nutrition. Functional nutrition takes into consideration that each person is an individual, with their own underlying imbalances. In my practice, we use a series of laboratory testing to identify what's truly going on in the body and causing symptoms like weight gain, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, skin manifestations, or chronic fatigue (to name a few).
What is empowering yet frustrating about our internet-search-driven world is that the internet provides a glorious amount of information whenever we're in trouble. We Google "best foods for weight loss" and get a million hits. And while this is helpful for many people, there are some people who try all of the recommendations to no avail. Something has got to give, right?
This is the struggle today with generalized nutritional information. We read that kale is the next best superfood, so we eat it every single day, neglecting other important veggies. But here's the thing. Every body is going to metabolize and utilize nutrients differently. Yes, you heard that right… You may be taking in what seems to be the *proper* amount of B12, for example, but you still may be falling short. There are several reasons that this may happen: