A couple of weeks ago I went to an amazing workshop by Dr Libby titled What Am I Supposed To Eat?
It was such an awesome workshop topic because it’s something I get asked almost every day in my practice as I find people are getting more confused than ever with all the conflicting dietary advice out there. Dr Libby’s message was all around eating more real food, limiting processed foods and sugar and getting back in touch with your body because we are all different. All the things I love and talk about with all my clients.
But today I wanted to go a little deeper and share more about something I have recently become fascinated with.
Using your DNA to get some data on what foods and lifestyle modifications are right for you.
How do you really know that what you are doing is healthy?
Have you ever wondered why some studies say coffee is good for you while others disagree?
Would you like to know if your morning coffee is actually healthy for your unique body or possible doing you harm?
Some of us have a gene variant that makes us metabolise coffee more slowly, which can increase heart disease risk.
Unfortunately that’s me!
Is a diet rich in carbohydrates or fats actually best for you? Did you know that some people actually burn fat faster with more carbohydrates and others with less?
The answer is in your genes.
Just as your eye and hair colour are pre-determined by your genes, so are a whole host of other aspects of you that affect your health and your ability to thrive. It is not possible to change your genes but you can, through specific diet and lifestyle recommendation influence how well they work and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
This is called epigenetics.
It’s not about diagnosing a disease, but rather about educating people on their genetic strengths and weaknesses. Once people know about their genetic makeup, they can then make decisions about how they can change their current lifestyle, such as their diet, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.
Even if you think you’re leading a healthy, balanced life, you could still benefit from genetic testing to stop the trial and error and get the data on what is going on behind the scenes in your body.
Have you ever thought any of the following?
- Despite trying lots of different diets and exercising, I can’t maintain my weight.
- I don’t have the energy to do the things I love.
- I can’t focus throughout the day.
- I have trouble falling asleep and sleeping through the night.
- I feel bloated after almost every meal.
- I have brain fog and feel irritated by little things.
These are all things that I have seen helped by DNA specific diet and lifestyle protocols.
Your Genes And Weight Loss
According to studies, 95% of people who diet will gain back the weight they lose within a few years, and 41% of those who attempt dieting will eventually gain back more weight than they lost.
I know I have done this over and over again! I kept trying different diets never able to work out what is actually right for me.
A now famous study conducted at Stanford University however looked at the long-term effects of weight loss using a few different diets assigned at random. Results showed that some participants lost weight on one type of diet, such as low-fat, while others did not. The study then tested participants’ DNA for 3 specific gene variations and found that those using the best diet for their DNA lost as much as 2 1/2 times more weight than those not using their best DNA diet.
So so interesting!
In the next couple of weeks I’m going to be sharing some of the changes that I have made to my own diet since testing my own genetics and some more fascinating research around what exactly we can tell through genetic testing.
If you are interested in learning more I’m currently doing free consultations so you can learn more about whether this might be a good fit for you.
To your health,
P.S. You can Click HERE to schedule in a discovery call to see if health coaching and/or genetic testing may be a good fit for you.