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On Learning About Nutrition and DNA

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Why am I studying Nutrition and Genetics? Because these are both areas that fascinate me, and I have personal stories directly related to both.

Ages ago a friend lent me the book, “On Being a Therapist.” It a wonderful book for therapists about being a therapist. I am neither. (Although when I was reading this book while traveling on a plane, I had several interested seatmates looking for a free, mid-air session!) However, even if you are just interested in helping others, or know someone who is, it is a great read. Something I read in that book has stuck with me over the years. I’m paraphrasing, but basically: people go into therapy because they are trying to answer their own questions. Maybe it is about themselves, maybe about their family, or people in general, but the best therapists are the ones who have questions themselves.

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So it is with nutrition. I have questions, lots of them. As we all know, nutritional best practices change over time. Plus, we have all seen the rise and fall of fad diets. And most importantly, nutrition isn’t the same for everyone. What we eat says a lot about who we are  – our culture, religious and political beliefs, and our lifestyle in general. Plus there are food allergies and preferences. How does it all work?

Having gone through a significant weight loss myself, I know how hard this can be. I also understand the wish for a “one size fits all” solution. But life does not work that way. It is much more chaotic and messy. Far more so, than we might like.

I have told friends that I wish there was a machine, like the Dr. Scholl’s machines in stores, that you could step on, give a drop of blood and maybe a spit sample, and it would print out the perfect meal plan for your height, weight, blood type, body shape, health and personal goals. That doesn’t exist – yet. However, with all the technology coming out, I don’t think we are that far away. Today I saw a pen that you press against your skin to help read your vitamin deficiencies. They are making easy-to-use glucose monitors. Combine these technologies with the fitness wearable which tracks calories, steps, sleep, heart rate, and movement, and you are getting mighty close.

But there is also a genetic component. Our ancestry and family history has a lot to do with our health and what diet will be best for us. And so, I am going back to school. I’m studying genetics and nutrition. And for now, that is what this blog is all about. Me putting together all of the pieces – or as many as I can find!

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