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Our Nutrition & Wellness Coaches have studied all the major dietary theories and will work with you to discover what food and lifestyle choices will best support your unique bio-individuality. Rather than dwell on calories, restrictions and lists of good and bad foods, the focus is on creating a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. With the guidance of your personal Nutrition & Wellness Coach, you’ll make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals. After all, no one diet works for everyone.

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Nutrition Article by Adam Resnick

FINDING THE RIGHT DIET FOR YOU: THE FIRST THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK
High-fat, low-fat, pH, blood type, vegetarian, raw foods–how does one know which diet is the best for him? You could spend the time to research and try out each of the over 600 diets out there for one month and see which helped you function optimally—but this would require an over 49-year investment! You could read the latest bestsellers on diets hoping to discern the facts from fiction, the science from quackery, and the books written to provide useful information from those written solely to make the author and the diet’s proponents money. So where do you start?

(1) Ask yourself, “What am I looking for in a diet?

Do you want to lose weight? Perform better in your sport? Triumph over dis-ease? While it would be nice to say that the ideal diet would accomplish all of these things, this is not necessarily the truth. There are diets that will help you shed weight considerably faster than other diets while at the same time not necessarily being the best long-term diet for overall health.

Are you looking for a diet for long-term health or to show off a set of 6-pack abs in two months or get into that dress you outgrew and are not quite ready to donate? Perhaps you have a 25-year high school reunion or wedding or a photo shoot coming up and you let too much time pass to “make weight” in the healthiest manner. But there are healthier ways to do this. Limited periods of cleansing and reducing carbohydrates (which tend to attract water into the body) might be two ways. I would NOT recommend stimulants. This will be different than a diet whose goal is long-term health and wellness.

WARNING: Showing up dead to your own wedding is a social faux pax.

If you have three months before you are scheduled for a serious medical procedure you want to avoid, switching from cow burgers to bison burgers will not do it. Yet a lifetime liquid diet of only fresh juices and wheatgrass is not practical or livable. Don’t judge yourself but do be honest.

I had a week to lose 10 lbs. for a full-contact Chinese kickboxing competition. Eating “healthy” would not deliver this request. I went to a Bikram yoga class and lost 4 lbs. of water in a single class. Three more classes and a week of dehydration and I made weight. This method is unhealthy and potentially dangerous if not done carefully for a variety of reasons, but it definitely delivered. I could write a book called The Bikram Diet to make my millions but there are enough cheerleaders already for this sweaty yoga.

 

(2) Ask yourself, “What foods do I prefer, what could I drop or lessen, and what could I not do without?

When I have done health consultations for people with serious dis-ease conditions, one of the most important questions I would ask is, “What are you willing to do for your health?” “Anything!” is usually a b.s. answer, because one’s state of dis-ease is usually a result of his inability to push away from the very habits that he knew were bad for him. I mean, seriously, how long do you need a smoker’s cough before you realize you are killing yourself? Most of our decisions are made from desire and not need but key to remember is that you are starting here. Be realistic. If you choose a program that is unworkable for you in order to break the bad habits you’ve accumulated over years or decades, more likely than not you will find yourself a week or two later saying in defeat, “I can’t do this!” With time, other unhealthy choices may drop or lessen more easily.

Keep one of your comfort foods that you can’t live without (for now) and eat it in moderation. Maybe limit yourself to two tablespoons from the tub of ice cream per night versus two cups worth. See what other snacky crappy items you can replace with healthier versions or get rid of altogether.

(3) Ask yourself, “What is my heart telling me I should do?”

Sue me for being a bit New Age, but I wouldn’t throw out your intuition with the bathwater. This is another question I often ask clients and the answers they give me are usually better than anything I could come up with on my own. This doesn’t mean they have all the information on how to follow their intuition; that’s where I come in. I help give them information they may not know and get past the information overload they may already have to put into action a plan that respects their intuitive knowledge of what they need to do, so that they can follow this with the least amount of suffering.

“I need to lose weight,” is only a start. Ask your heart the question and see what comes up. Don’t worry that your mind doesn’t know the answer—you’re not asking it. When it comes to researching the how-tos and figuring out your financial budget for the necessary foods and supplements, then your mind will be enlisted. If the question penetrates deeply, you may receive information about emotional issues you face that may require more work than just “cutting carbs.” Dive to the depths of the heart and you may find the treasure chest that contains your life purpose and mission.

In your research and consultations with so-called “experts,” weigh in what seems to resonate with your intuitive understanding and what seems to be discordant. This does not require a Master’s degree in meditation but can be very hard to discern, being that most of what we “know” and consider completely “obvious”—from religion to politics to nutrition—is just spoon-fed information that someone else gave us. In example, I have heard people cite to me in defense of fluoridating the water supply that communities with fluoridated water have lower incidence of dental caries. I have read the exact opposite as well. Which is it? The heart doesn’t “know” based on facts and figures but on just a “sense’ of it all.

These are just the first three questions to ask to find the right diet for you. But answered honestly, they can set you on the right path for your dietary goals.

Adam Resnick has a Master’s degree in Herbology and a Nutrition Specialist diploma from Lifestyle Management Associates. He is also a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and Reiki Master Teacher. He can be contacted at firstman4health@yahoo.com or 212-946-1388.