The topic of nutrition is always an interesting one. A big reason nutrition is so interesting is because the opinions and information on the topic varies greatly. What nutrition protocol do YOU follow? I have a number of nutrition principles that I teach. I think, as in exercise prescription, that there are many ways to “skin the cat.” I take a variety of things into consideration when I prescribe a nutrition plan. In other words: There is NOT a “one-size-fits-all” model.
There are tweaks and variations for each individual that differ from one to another. Why does this work? Because every BODY is different—plain and simple. While there are basics that you should stick to in food prescription—a basic template of good nutrition (meat, vegetables, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, water), there are also a variety of factors that need to be considered for nutrition planning, including: the constitution of the person, ethnicity, age, gender, economics, emotional state, climate, gut health, stress levels, etc. Factors, such as these, should be taken into consideration, along with tests through hematology, the basic terrain of the person, and the requirements for the current function (e.g.. Active vs. inactive, type of training, etc.).
So, with all these factors to consider, how do you know, or where do you learn, what is the best for YOU?
The model of nutrition I use is founded on an individualized assessment and prescription based on the client. I teach to not overlook significant areas of nutritional intervention, such as: compliance, emotional connection to foods, assimilation during digestion, etc. Prescription around nutrition often involves following daily meal plans. However, I have found this method to ultimately be ineffective. Instead of providing such cookie-cutter plans, I have adopted a systematic model in which clients are progressed through phases of education and intervention. These phases can be summarized as:
- Phase 1: Protein, Hydration, Quality, Emotions
- Phase 2: Intolerances, Fats, Carbohydrates, Lifestyle
- Phase 3: Longevity, Performance, Supplementation
By creating a phasic system to nutrition, you see drastic improvements in compliance, which leads to drastic improvements in physical and psychological well-being. Clients only receive further layers of complexity (i.e. – Phases 2 and 3) once they have demonstrated success in relatively simpler tasks. The power of this style of nutrition implementation is profound because it allows to not only understand what will benefit you most effectively, it also allows me to layout the plan for you in a way that will have success with for the long run. Cookie-cutter approaches may work up front but they ultimately fail over the long haul because the client’s body and life schedule simply isn’t designed to work through a template.
The first session is a consultation where I can get all the info from you that I need to prescribe your nutrition prescription. This includes taking body stats, reviewing your current diet and training routine, identifying food intolerances that are known or symptoms you may be experiencing, to see which supplements you are taking, and more. Basically all the data I can get to move forward. After this I will work on which prescription is best for YOU. We will the discuss this at our following session where you will be given all the tools needed to crack on with this for the next month. After this period we then have the option to review, reflect on your experiences, and dive deeper into learning and understanding the impact your nutrition has on achieving your goals.