After delivering three babies and miscarrying four, I crossed the pregnancy finish line and fell flat on my face. I was exhausted. Nagging digestive symptoms plague me for years. Most days, my busted garbage disposal of a gut made me feel rather bah humbug. So I embarked on a ten-year quest to find the one right diet – all healthy options – that brought me energy and digestive ease.
If you’re eating healthy but still struggling with nagging symptoms or just feeling lackluster overall, don’t give up! Get excited! You’re about to learn how to unlock your diet type, eat for your genetics, and align your diet and lifestyle with your DNA. Yes, yes, and YES.
The biggest mistake you might be making eating healthy is eating the wrong healthy diet for you! There’s no one right diet for everyone. Nutrition is best when tailored specifically for you.
THERE’S NO ONE RIGHT DIET FOR EVERYONE
The biggest mistake you might be making eating healthy is eating the wrong healthy diet for you! There’s no one right diet for everyone. I wish there were! That would make life so much easier. Eat this, not that. There, done! But, a diet that supports my health might not benefit yours.
Nutrition is best when tailored specifically for you. Think of it as a suit. Take the suit off the rack and put it on. It fits. It’s good. But when the suit is tailored specifically for you, it works on a whole new level (mmm-hmmm). The same thing goes for nutrition!
STOP GUESSING WHAT TO EAT. TEST YOUR GENETICS!
On my ten-year quest to find the right healthy diet for me, I tried so many different ways of eating it became a standing joke amongst friends and family. Most of the ways I ate went by acronyms: GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) diet, SCD (specific carbohydrate diet), FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) diet. That’s a mouthful! I’ve also tried vegetarian, pescetarian, and Paleo diets. I was just about to try a Keto diet when I discovered I could test my genetics to determine the right diet for me!
It turns out where you and I genetically differ most is how we process protein, fat, and carbs. That’s why some people feel alive on a Keto (high fat) diet, and others feel ‘brain-fried’ eating the same way.
ALIGN YOUR DIET AND LIFESTYLE WITH YOUR DNA
When I opened up my custom nutrition plan based on my genetics, the results floored me. Based on my genetic markers and the most recent research in nutrigenomics, I learned that I’m best suited for a macrobiotic style of eating: whole foods, low fat, mostly plant-based diet, where the vast majority of my protein comes from plants! I discovered that my ideal macronutrient ratio is 70% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 15% fat. Compare that to a typical ketogenic diet, 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbs! Eating for my genetics, I feel lighter, more energized, and my gut is moving with more ease. Hooray!
But who cares about me. What about you? Should you be low-fat or high-fat? Low-carb or high-carb? Stop guessing what to eat. Learn how to test your genetics to unlock your diet type and start aligning your diet and lifestyle with your DNA.
Just like the Prego pasta sauce slogan says, “It’s in there.” Want to know if gluten and dairy are friends or foes? It’s in there (inside your custom nutrition plan.) Want to discover how much caffeine is ideal for you (if at all)? It’s in there. Want to find out your perfect bedtime and work time based on your biological clock? It’s in there!
Test your genetics to unlock your diet type and start aligning your diet and lifestyle with your DNA today!
About the Author: Dr. Sue
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue), is a board-certified pediatric physician and wellness expert with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health. In her pediatric practice, Dr. Sue helps children adapt their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics for health naturally. Online Dr. Sue helps other women learn how to eat for their genetics and use a nutritional system to feel confident with energy to live their best life. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Dave, and their three children, Kaitlin, Elle, and Addison.