I received my formal training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with Advanced Certification.
One of the pillars of my training at IIN was the concept of Bio-Individuality©. Bio-Individuality means “There’s no one-size-fits-all diet – each person is a unique individual with highly individualized nutritional requirements. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best. That’s why no single way of eating works for everyone. The food that is perfect for your unique body, age, and lifestyle may make another person gain weight and feel lethargic.
While true in one sense, I think most healthy, vital people can eat pretty much whatever they want with no adverse reactions. This is not accounting for cultural, ethnic or generational preferences. How, when and where you were raised has the most profound impact on the foods you like to eat as well as the foods that like you in return.
However, if you live here in the U.S. (or in a location “colonized” by U.S. fast food companies like KFC or McDonalds) then you have been exposed to the Standard American Diet (aka S.A.D.). If so, then on some level you are imbalanced or heading toward a diseased state of health. This is when Bio-Individuality or “a need for personalized nutrition” is warranted. Even then, we’re talking about minor variations of the type of foods, the amounts, and the frequency of consuming them.
Prior to IIN, I spent more than 10 years gaining hands-on experience coaching my circle of friends (and their friends) toward their own working definition of practical “self-care”.
My training equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Combining these skills and existing self-gained knowledge of dietary theories and alternative health, I’ve recently narrowed my focus primarily on professional and creative “others” (LGBT, men and women of color, those working in non-traditional occupations) over 40 living and working in densely populated urban areas.