I live my life being flexible, open-minded and open to change. And naturally this applies to my diet.
Gradually starting in 2010 I started to make some major changes to my diet and my lifestyle. From eating anything and everything my whole life, at 35 I thankfully developed some health issues. Three autoimmune disorders (I do not like the word disease) one of them is lichen planopilaris (LPP), a follicular form of lichen planus, is a rare inflammatory lymphocytemediated disorder, a form of alopecia. You can read more about it this article I have written back when I was just diagnosed.
So from that time, on advise of my natural health care practitioner Dr Mincolla (more about him here), in 2010, I completely changed my diet and went Gluten Free, Yeast Free, Sugar Free. He also advised against cows’ milk, so I cut down my consumption to barely nothing, just an occasional yogurt and some cheese on my sandwiches. Today my diet has evolved even more, but in 2010, this what has worked wonders for me.
Next couple of years proved to be the most instrumental learning curve of my life. Under Dr Mincolla’s supervision I was changing my diet, my life and my mind. I have always been interested in nutrition, but now I became obsessed with it. Reading, watching, listening and learning from any source I came across – blogs, magazines, books, movies, videos, doctors, nutritionists, homeopathic and acupuncture practitioners – any source that could educate me.
By 2012 I was comfortable enough to listen to my body, to understand some of the symptoms I would develop and be able to sometimes address and relief them. And with a family of four, I have my own little nutritional practice at home.
I believe a person’s nutrition needs depend on many factors such as gender, age, level of regular physical activity, current health, among basics, but I also think climate and seasons play a role.
When I lived in Southern California being vegan and/or vegetarian seemed so easy, juicing, as well as nice refreshing smoothies and salads were ideal meal choices. Produce was abundant, fresh and local!
Now living in New England I have noticed the same was true for me in the late Spring, Summer and then early Fall, but as soon as it starts to get colder, my body starts craving different foods, warming foods, as well as more protein. On a chilly morning, a smoothie or a juice no longer appeals to me, but I am craving a warm breakfast of roasted veggies and eggs. During the day in place of a salad I want a soup or a warm bowl (Oct 2014 update – grains are no longer a part of my diet, but warm bowl is still an awesome choice for many 🙂 ), as my nutritional needs are changing, I need to listen to my body and make adjustments.
So that is where I stand with my personal nutritional philosophy – we all are different, and as our bodies change, as our environments changes, so our nutritional needs change. We need to respect and listen to our bodies to be well, healthy and to live a full happy life.
To your health,