Nutrition Is As Personal As a Fingerprint

Rachel Begun Nutrition Advocate

Nutrition is as personal as a fingerprint.

I feel strongly about this statement.  I’ve been in the nutrition profession for 17 years and the more I learn the more I know this to be true. 

It’s also what I have experienced personally.  I’ve had serious health issues to deal with over the past eight years (I’ll share more over time) and living this statement has been essential to treating and taking care of myself.  

If there is one piece of advice I will share with you ad nauseum, it is that we all have our own unique health fingerprint.  We all have a unique combination of genes, medical history, cultural and family background, personal taste preferences and daily living patterns, and this means our health solutions are just as unique.  

I am a strong believer in sharing advice that is backed by science, but I also know that oftentimes what is recommended does not apply to the INDIVIDUAL.  Research often highlights what is the greatest good for the greatest number, but there are many sub-topics within nutrition and most of us fall outside the average on at least one issue or another.

I know I sure do.

It’s the reason why your friend thrives as a vegan, but you need animal protein in your diet. It’s why your spouse feels great after a long run, but yoga is what energizes you.  It explains why your sibling finds peace curling up on a couch with a book while you want to go out for a nice long walk in nature.    

Yes, you should rely on experts to get you on track--a registered dietitian to help you set your nutrition goals or a personal trainer to challenge you physically—but never forget that the answers to what is best for YOU lie only within YOU.

Only you know when a food makes you feel bad—even if the rest of the world is telling you how healthful it is.  Only you know when a certain form of exercise makes you feel depleted rather than energized, or is putting too much strain on a part of the body.  Only you know that nagging feeling when your doctor gives you a piece of advice that just doesn’t seem to work for you.

That voice inside is the one you have to prioritize above all else.  Rely on friends to empower you and experts to educate and guide you, but listen deep within to make the right health decisions for you.  

My "fingerprint philosophy" will be the foundation of all the information I share on this blog, in my newsletter, and on social media.  My hope is that it helps you live healthfully in a way that is authentic to you.