Please to welcome back Igor. I love the way Igor thinks as this is precisely why I resisted for YEARS sharing the fact Im two decades gluten-free.
This could also be called: Why You’re Getting Sicker and Fatter Despite Eating Healthier.
Fruits are good for you, right? Generally speaking yes, but not if you have adrenal fatigue (a collection of symptoms characterized by needing coffee, “bags” under the eyes, fatigue, feeling lightheaded when going from lying to sitting or sitting to standing, etc.).
Because in adrenal fatigue, you usually have low sodium levels. The higher your potassium levels, the lower your sodium levels. And since fruits have a lot of potassium and very low sodium, it makes them worsen your condition.
How about veggies?
Veggies must be good for you, right? Well, if you have a slow thyroid, the very pictures of “health food” will actually be bad for you. Specifically, vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and others will actually make your thyroid condition worse.
Oh, and how about white bread, white rice and white potatoes?
Bad for you, right? Not necessarily.
If you have digestive problems, these might actually be quite beneficial since they’re processed.
I can hear it already “but processed food is bad for you.” The majority of the time, yes. But in certain cases, no.
In this case, the processing removes the fiber, which takes a lot of stress off your digestion.
After all, what’s the definition of “fiber”? Open any basic nutrition textbook and you’ll see that fiber is undigestible carbohydates. That makes it a real problem for your stomach if you have digestive problems. Once your digestive problems are resolved, you should include more fiber in your diet.
Whenever I do speaking engagements, by the time I mention all of the above, my audiences have to take a minute to pick up their jaw off the ground.
We’ve all heard the saying that “one man’s food is another man’s poison.” And it most definitely is true.
The truth is that there are no universally good or bad foods. It’s more about how a particular food interacts with your own physiology.
A generally good, healthy diet includes:
- Lots of veggies
- A few grains
- A bit of meat, fish or seafood (and their alternatives, like milk and eggs)
- 1-2 servings of fruit per day
- Small amounts of nuts and seeds
- Small amounts of herbs and spices
And for the perfectly healthy, well-balanced person, this diet will bring amazing health and energy.
But there is one little problem.
There are so few of these “healthy, well-balanced” people, that the generally “healthy” diet needs to be tweaked. I know what you’re thinking: “I’m healthy and well-balanced, so I’m the exception.”
Well, see how many of these apply to you:
- Crave sugar
- Crave salt
- Crave coffee
- Crave chocolate
- Have dark circles under your eyes
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Feel lightheaded when going from lying to sitting or sitting to standing
- Have a hard time falling asleep
- Have a hard time staying asleep
- Feel constant fatigue
- Have gas after meals
- Feel sad, anxious or depressed
- Under constant stress
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low libido
- Hair growth or hair loss
If you have just one of these, your diet requires modifications (albeit, probably just temporary). If you have more than one, you definitely need some modifications.
The other important lesson you should get out of this article is that as your body changes, so should your nutrition.
So what may have been a good diet for you when you had 10 of the above signs and symptoms may not be an appropriate diet for you 6 months down the line, when those symptoms started to get better or disappear entirely.
And probably the most important thing is to listen to your body (instead of the talking head on TV or the write of a magazine).
There are so many individual differences that although one diet may work for one person, it may not work for you, no matter how sound the science is or how spectacular the results are that others get.
If it’s not working for you, don’t do it.
How has listening to your own body improved your health?
About the Author
Igor Klibanov was selected as one of the top 5 personal trainer in Toronto by the Metro News newspaper. He is the author of a book called “Unlimited Progress: How You Can Unlock Your Body’s Potential.” He is a self-described information junkie, and loves to study and educate himself on all aspects of fitness and nutrition.