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So recently, and actually, quite often, I am presented with this question from a patient: “Can you help me find the right fuel for my body?”  I love challenges, so I agree.  In order to find this right fuel, I must ask the client some questions and make an assessment.  This is similar to how it might proceed:

Assessment # 1: subject is human.  The subject is not alien, at least as far as I can tell, and I am hoping if they are, that I am not their fuel of choice.  So, if the subject is indeed human, then we can probably rule out gasoline, grass, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, yellow # 25 or red #5 being the desired fuel for their body.  So far, so good!

Assessment # 2: subject is sedentary.  This is important, not because being active would necessarily change the desired fuel, but it would increase the need for such fuel and timing might be important depending on level of activity.  But, in this subject, and in most that I see, the activity level that they are engaging in does not require additional fuel. 

Assessment # 3: subject is not pregnant or breast-feeding.  Again, this does not necessarily change the type of fuel required, just the amount.

Assessment # 4: subject has no known allergies to food. This may limit the variety of choices that the individual may have in selecting their fuel, but by no means does this change the fuel.  We are on a roll now!

Assessment # 5: subject has no chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.  These conditions really wouldn’t change the fuel that is recommended, but depending on medications, timing may be important.  Moving right along!

At this point, I share with the subject that I am fairly certain that I have acquired all necessary information to make recommendations regarding the proper fuel for them.  And, then there comes the look of disbelief upon their face.  So, I ask them what they’re thinking.  They tell me they don’t understand how I could possibly know what fuel they require.  I didn’t even ask their blood type, their astrological sign, test the pH of their saliva, check their pulse, smell their urine, use tarot cards, or, and this is important, consult my crystal ball.  And, I reply, that no, I do not need any of these things as they are not important and I have the far greater power of intuition, as I chuckle to myself.  They are wide-eyed in anticipation as I deliver their recommendations:

  1. Eat real food.  Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, lean meats and fish, eggs and low-fat dairy.
  2. Avoid faux foods, this means no processed foods that come in bags, boxes, or Styrofoam containers.  Eliminate foods that contain ingredient lists longer than Rapunzel’s hair.
  3. Eat mindfully.  Pay attention to hunger and satiety, slow down with eating, eat at the dinner table, etc. 
  4. Drink mostly water. 

And, still the look of astonishment on their faces.  Hmmm….could it be because they have heard this before?  Because it is not as difficult as they thought it was?  Did they think that they were going to get something specifically for them?  It is usually all of these things.  So, they leave, in a huff, that this dietitian did not do her job.  It frustrates and amuses me at the same time that I would actually get far greater reviews if I told them that they should eat 15 100-calorie packs daily, 6 soft tacos daily, eat fruit by itself, 2 shakes and 1 sensible meal, or stay away from dairy because you are blood type O+, but I can’t do this because I don’t believe it.  I will continue to tell my clients what I know to be right.  That real food is the proper fuel for humans, not processed crap.  Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.


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