I resonate so much with this term and fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. It’s a term that I use when coaching every single one of my clients and one that I’m pretty sure I use every single day in passing. In fact, I know that I’ve spoken a lot about it on my podcast, blog and YouTube channel so I thought it was about time that I explained what it was. That way, whenever I talk about it, I have a complete explanation to refer you back to.
There are so many areas that make up bio-individuality. It comes down to us all being unique and individual. There is no ‘one size fits all’ of anything in life purely down to the fact that we are all unique. We all have our own likes, dislikes, loves, allergies, illnesses, preferences, not to mention our body composition, our dietary needs, whether we are a highly sensitive person or not, our passions, jobs, families, commitments – and that’s just to name a few! Every area of our life is unique and the way we respond and act to the day to day happenings of life make our journeys on this planet even more unique and individual to us. So how on earth can we expect to live our lives following the same rules, path and expectations of another person? We can’t! That’s where bio-individuality comes into it.
Everything in life is bio-individual. If you think about it, every little part of your life has been selected by you for a reason and everything that resonates or feels good within you is down to that individuality.
There are so many areas of your life that are bio-individual:
Again, this list is just a handful of examples but you get the picture.
The reason that I use this term so often is that I see so many people compare themselves against others thinking that they SHOULD be eating this or they SHOULDN’T do a certain form of physical activity. Playing that comparison game is all too easy now a days and to be completely honest, it is one of the UNHEALTHIEST things that you can do – not only for your mind but your body as well! Like I have mentioned before – there is no one size fits all way of living. What works for one person may not necessarily work for you and vice versa. The trick to truly living a healthy, vibrant and nourished life is to figure out what makes your body tick, figure out what works for you and what you need to thrive and then run with it! That’s your blueprint. That’s what makes you ‘YOU’ and what your body craves.
There are three main statements, or principles, that sum up bio-individuality pretty perfectly:
This one is quite simple –
Keep this in mind when looking at what another person eats or how they choose to live:
Yes, there are certain guidelines that we would all benefit from following but that doesn’t mean everyone should follow the same strict diet or restrict themselves in any way. One of my main concerns when it comes to nutrition is the amount of misinformation that there is out there. Just because one person swears by something doesn’t make it mandatory or essential for you.
Don’t’ get me wrong, I LOVE watching ‘day on the plate’ videos and I love looking to others for inspiration when it comes to my exercise and what I cook at home but it stops there – at inspiration. It’s important to remember that we can NOT copy what someone eats because it may not work for our bodies – it’s fine to get ideas and I love social media for that, but you also have to take into account what works for you and what your BIO-INDIVIDUAL NEEDS are.
We are always growing – we are on a constant journey of growth and we will never be the exact same version of ourselves at any given moment in our lives. Everything that we encounter in our day to day lives, pushes up to grow, learn and develop. From a lifestyle point of view, our needs will change over time as we transition from one life phase into another so it’s important to honour those changes and honour when we grow. This is where bio-individuality becomes tricky, because it’s not about finding a set of rules that work for us and then sticking with them for the rest of our lives – it’s just not possible. As we grow, our needs shift and therefore our bio-individual needs change and shift inside of us. It’s about accepting what’s new and figuring out what now works for us.
Then there’s the nutrition aspect. Our nutrition needs will change over time and it’s so important to allow for that flow. Your lifestyle, job, illnesses, pregnancy, the area your life, your body type, age, culture and religion can all play a role in determining your bio-individual needs at any given time. When one of these areas shift, it may require you to also shift your nutritional needs in your life.
This point comes back to:
This is probably my number one go-to saying when it comes to nutrition (besides bio-individuality of course!) and the way that I practice my coaching and work with my clients. There is no set science when it comes to nutrition – there are some general guidelines that are worth remembering and putting into practise – but generally, we are all so different that we just can’t adopt a one size fits all rule.
In short, bio-individuality is about what works for you as the unique being you are and what doesn’t. Your needs will change over time just like you change over time. Don’t get too caught up on the latest trends or fads and always come back to what works for you. Remember, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet or way of living – so don’t implement those restrictions on your life and allow for that ebb and flow.
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