My Natural Balance is grounded in the understanding that we are all unique beings with different needs for our body, mind and spirit that enable us to thrive. The unique composition of our body can be related to things such as blood type, metabolism, allergies, and constitution. In terms of nutrition, because of this unique composition, we may react differently to certain foods, need more or less of a particular nutrient compared to someone else, have preference over some foods, or we tend to feel better from a particular variety of foods. For example, some people feel much better when they incorporate animal products in their diet, while others feel great on plant-based diets.
The key is understanding (and practicing) what works best for you. A friend may rave about their diet, but that doesn’t mean you will love it too.
How do you know what works for you? You can begin to understand by tuning in and listening to cues from your body. How is your digestion impacted? Do you feel bloated, have headaches, skin reactions, etc. after certain foods? Consider how your sleep, mood and energy levels are affected too.
A great way to tune in more and recognize patterns is by keeping a food log. This isn’t necessarily keeping track of every single thing you eat, but noting the types of foods you are generally eating and even more importantly, how you feel. Try it for a week – write down what foods and drinks you are consuming and how you feel throughout the day. You may notice that every day around 2 or 3pm you feel tired and have low energy. Or you may notice that certain foods that you have for dinner affect how you feel the next day (either energy or your bowels!). You can keep a small pocket book with you or try our template here.
Also explore what best supports your mind and spirit. What activities make you feel positive, light and grounded? Is it sitting in a quiet space each morning/night to simply breathe or reflect, or journaling, having a dedicated spiritual practice, such as yoga or meditation? Spend 5 minutes to make a list of activities that make you happy and grounded. Keep that list in sight and try to do those regularly!
Remember that over time, within seasons, and life stages, our unique composition may change. Just keep listening to your body and follow what’s optimal for you… right here, right now.