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Why I don’t practice what I preach

I know – that doesn’t sound good.

You hope that when you visit a naturopath or personal trainer, they practice what they preach…otherwise it’s a bit hypocritical, isn’t it?

The reason I don’t practice what I preach, however, is not because I don’t believe in what I tell my clients. It is because

I believe in individualism.

I have always been an individual, doing things my own way – but that’s not what I mean here.

I believe that each person needs to be treated as an individual – as every single person has different needs and different wants.

Sometimes clients come to see me for digestive complaints (such as bloating, stomach pain, constipation or just an unhappy tummy) – so I may recommend certain supplements that will help with their symptoms, and I will also discuss with them the root cause of their complaints – which differs from one person to the next.

Other times, clients come to see me for help with their PMS (sore boobs, bloating, moodiness accompanied by heavy periods) – so I prescribe supplements and a special diet to help improve their liver function so that it can effectively clear excess oestrogen. This diet usually consists of plants from the Brassica family of vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage.

But if a client with PMS also presents with hypothyroidism – I steer them clear of these veggies – as a person who presents with low levels of specific thyroid hormones needs to avoid goitrogens (substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland) – and the Brassica family of vegetables are considered goitrogenic.

So really – I don’t practice what I preach, because my own needs are very different to each of my clients’ needs. Not because I don’t believe in what I am “preaching”.

My goal in a session with a client is not to get them to do everything that I’m currently doing to improve my health – but to individualise the session so that they can do everything they need to do to improve their health.

I think that this is an important thing to realise when you are following someone on social media. What they are doing for their health, may not be the right thing for your health. The same goes for the latest health fad your best friend is swearing by!

Green smoothies…raw desserts…exercising like crazy 7 days a week – this might not be right for you…!

I encourage you to do your own research. Take control of your own health – and tune in to your own body to try to figure out what is best for your health.

Want to know what I do practice, every single day?

Here’s my list of 5 daily non-negotiables:

1. Water – I always start my day with a glass of filtered water before I leave home, and I make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day too.

2. Veggies – I try to eat some at breakfast, lots at lunch, and more at dinner. I love variety and cooking them in with different types of herbs to bring out their flavours

3. Movement – note, I don’t say “exercise” because some days it’s simply a walk around the block, some foam rolling or stretching – but I always make sure to move in some way, every single day

4. Supplements – I’m definitely not a supplement junkie, but I have certain supplements that I take every day to help keep my stress levels at bay, my hormones balanced, and to support my body after exercise

5. Relaxation – I try to do something for “me” every day. Sometimes that just looks like taking 10 deep breaths.

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Have a great week, filled with healthy things that are right for you,

Dina x

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