When you're on your wellness journey it can be so fun to follow a number of people on Instagram, read all of the articles on all of these different websites, and stay up to date on the latest trends.
But with so much information, it can make you obsessive, striving for perfection, or jumping from one thing to another – without finding a balanced lifestyle.
If this sounds like you, then you know you are absolutely not alone!
I started my Method Membership where I teach mindful eating to help people adjust to their individual desires and needs for a healthy lifestyle and to give them the confidence to know what is best for them .
This leads you to knowing what best serves you and your needs and what information or practices are best to let go of as they are not tailored to you.
If you are able to look at nutritional information and advice through this lens and wonder if this supports my body, lifestyle, and the long-term vision I have for myself, you will be able to make a mistake, too make a much more deliberate, healthy and long lasting way.
5 Questions To Ask Yourself To See If You Should Hear This Diet Advice
Regardless of the trends in health, nutrition, and wellness, there are a few simple questions you need to ask yourself to optimize your actions, whether you want to buy a particular product or follow a particular trend or diet.
Here are some things to keep in mind to determine if this is really worth your time, energy, and resources.
1. What should wellness look like for your life?
The most important thing to consider on your wellness journey is your wellness vision, but it is often overlooked.
Your vision of wellness is what you want and want your life to be like this. It's a detailed vision and set of overarching goals of how you would ideally make your life – how you feel, think, act, show up on a daily basis. It describes what you can do over the course of a day, from waking up to falling asleep.
At a deeper level, you can explore your wants, needs, and core needs without judgment, ego (or the shoulds that go with it / / that goes with it) and without outside pressure.
But more importantly, it includes why you want these things.
Download my free guide to find diary prompts for building your wellness vision.
When you have a detailed wellness vision, it will be easier for you to filter nutritional and wellness information and only focus on the things that match what you want to experience. You can better see which things you support and which you don't.
Once you have a wellness vision in place, you may wonder whether the dietary recommendations you are hearing about are consistent with them.
2. What is your intention for hearing this advice?
First, looking at your vision of wellness, ask yourself what your intention is in trying this advice. This is often the most important thing.
Ask yourself with full honesty if I would like to try this. Why do I want to try this and what is my motivation behind it?
Is it because it aligns with your vision of wellness, or is it because you are being "influenced" by the touted benefits because some people on the internet look like they are "thriving"?
I study guinea pigs exclusively to see what works and what doesn't – I did this for years in graduate school to research and discover certain foods that are consistent with my body and my health compared to those that do did not have tweaked. t.
But I tested the things that I really thought would support my vision of wellness, like giving up 3 cups of coffee a day and replacing it with herbal tea, or reducing my stress levels by increasing my meditation game.
The most important thing is to ask yourself if this advice supports your vision of wellness. If so, or you think so, give it a try. If not, you don't need to test it.
3. Is it from a credible source?
A lot of the things you see online today are just social media trends and they don't have any data to back up the claims or studies to show the long term side effects.
Visit valuable resources sharing evidence-based research and references to their articles or trusted resources like Nutrition Stripped, exam.com for supplements / trends, and one of our favorite Healthline resources.
Otherwise, find licensed professionals with blogs or websites that have supporting free resources that can also help you find the information you are looking for.
Go to the source too! Who started this trend? What is your background? What research results do they offer? Do you intuitively trust this person or do you align yourself with them?
Also, consider who you heard this advice or trend from.
Given the growing sphere of influence, is this person getting paid to say this? Are they honestly and with integrity telling you that they are assigned to work with this brand? For example, do you work with so many other supplement brands at the same time? How trustworthy are you?
4. Is it something that you can get for the long term?
The next question to ask yourself is whether you can imagine practicing this advice for 12 months and more. I stress the long game so much because it is so important!
Remember that health is a daily exercise and a marathon, not a sprint.
It all comes down to finding out if this trend is worth investing your resources, time, and energy in supporting your long-term health. If your short term health is only concerned, you are doing yourself a disservice by not thinking about the long term game you deserve.
If it feels restrictive, too challenging, or unsuitable for your lifestyle, you probably can't keep it long term.
5. Should this advice be led by a professional?
There is a lot of advice out there designed to educate you about the options available, but not all advice should be done on your own. Much of the trends and advice should be used under the guidance of a professional, such as the nutritionists registered here with Nutrition Stripped.
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For example, a FODMAP diet is often used for short periods of time in people with severe digestive problems. However, many people try this on their own and don't know how to use it safely, how to make sure it doesn't feel restrictive, how to reintegrate into a nurturing diet, and how to properly understand their digestive problems.
For some people with digestive problems, FODMAP may not be the best approach.
It is so important to consider whether the advice you are trying is manageable on its own, like trying new foods, or whether the advice is more complex and should be given with the help of a professional.
Put this into practice
The next time you're trying to figure out whether the advice you've just read or heard is worthwhile, bring up this list of questions and use it to help you decide.
Remember, it is more important to develop some strong habits and practices that will support you in the long run than trying a series of things that never really last.