Bio-Individuality

July 14, 2015

 

Hey, Bee Fit followers, I am writing on bio-individuality because so many of you have different notions of what works and what doesn't for getting healthy. That's why a health program  must be customized to account for one's individual health history and individual preferences. There are a variety of factors that go into determining what works for one person and not another. For instance, one person's food may be another person's poison. Your genetic background and other health factors determine what works and what doesn't when engaging in an exercise or nutritional program.

 

Like so many of you, I have tried various diets: vegetarian, vegan, paleo, zone, South Beach diet, among others.Though, I believe in a vegetarian diet, I do find that it is difficult for me to stay strong and vibrant on a very strict vegetarian diet due to the difficulty in incorporating protein. I've tried eating more beans and nuts, but for some reason, my body does not perform its best on my long distance runs. And although I never eat red meat, with  a few tweaks, I decided to include some organic dairy products and fish at least two or three times a week. For some, though, dairy and all animal protein is out of the question, especially if he or she is battling very high cholesterol and doesn't exercise as much.

 

Finding out what works and what doesn't will help you stick to a program. The goal is to become healthier by including more vegetables (especially greens), to stay away from artificial, processed foods and to exercise more, even if it is just taking a brisk walk during your lunch break at work.

 

Regardless of your health history: Eat REAL food, exercise and sleep well and your health will benefit!  And, last but not least, remember to seek the help of a medical professional if you have specific health concerns before starting any new exercise or diet program.

 

In health and happiness, Tracy

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