The only diet/health advice you should ever follow

There is an overwhelming amount of diet and health advice out there, much of it is totally conflicting, scientific evidence is not always what it seems and it isn’t easy to know what to believe.

What should we do with the plethora of information? Do we just give up? Ignore it all? Pick one and stick with it no matter what? Crawl under a rock and hide?

Is this blog post going to add to your confusion or claim to have all the answers?

NO WAY! (at least I hope not)

If you listen to one piece of advice in your lifetime I hope it is this one:


There is no one size fits all when it comes to people. No one particular set of interests, fashion sense, sexual preference, career, favourite holiday destination…. There is also no one size fits all approach to heath and wellness.

The best thing you can do is learn to listen to your body. You are the expert on you.

As you learn to tune in to what your body is telling you it will become easier to find the right combination for you. I eat and live the way I do because that it what makes me feel best at this point in my life but what makes you feel good and what works for your body might look different. So tune in to things such as:

  • How are your energy levels?
  • How you are sleeping?
  • Is your mood stable?
  • Are you experiencing anxiety?
  • Are you coping with daily stressors?
  • How is your digestion?
  • Do you feel bloated, have a sore tummy, nausea, need to run to the toilet all the time or haven’t been in several days?
  • Is your skin clear and your mind clear?
  • Can you concentrate well, sit still and be calm?
  • Are you getting headaches, asthma, joint pain or other physical issues?
  • Has your drug or alcohol use increased?

These things will give you a clue about how your current lifestyle is working for you.

Learning to notice physical sensations in our bodies also helps us to identify the effect that different foods, situations, behaviours, people and environmental triggers have on us. This too can help us work out what we need to do. (If paying attention to bodily sensations feels too overwhelming for you then seek help from a therapist. This is often the case when we have experienced trauma.)

If the answers to these questions suggest that some tweaking is in order then don’t panic. Take one step at a time and make small changes so that you can monitor how they affect you. Consider options such as:

  • Removing processed food, gluten, dairy, sugar, meat, grains, coffee, alcohol, eggs, soy, raw food, cooked food, fermented food, ….. or adding some of these in. Make one small change and maintain that change for at least 2 weeks to see what effect it has. Keep tweaking until you feel good. Enlist the help of a naturopath, nutritionist, health coach or integrative gp to work these things out or to test for nutritional deficiencies or intolerances if you need to. Ignore other people’s opinions on what you are doing!
  • Changing your exercise routine – add some in, take some out, try something different. Find something that you enjoy that also involves moving your body in some way. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it is something. Exercise to improve your mood and your general health, not to lose weight. More is not always better.
  • Adding in stress management strategies. Find what works for you. Meditation, breathing, yoga, tai chi, walking, essential oils, music, going to bed earlier, eating your lunch away from your desk, spending time with friends… Again, what works for each person will be different. I cannot stand most guided meditations (except these ones) but I am learning to sit for a couple of minutes and create my own form of meditation and I have really noticed the difference this makes to me. I love a really physical yoga class but for others something more restorative works better. There are heaps of different breathing techniques out there. Keep trying things until you find what works for you.
  • Seek help if you need it. Psychology, acupuncture, kinesiology, massage, reiki, chiropractic… the list of options is huge and again, there is no one size fits all. Keep searching until you find what you need and until you find the particular practitioner and style that suits you. By all means ask for recommendations but feel free to ignore other people’s judgements about what you are doing. I love a bit of woo woo hippy stuff thrown in among the science, others think I am nuts – their issue not mine!

Most importantly, think about what works for you at this point in your life. Becoming stressed over cooking everything from scratch, affording all organic food (who can do that?) trying to meditate for an hour everyday or fitting in a gym class isn’t going to improve your health. Stress is one of the most surefire ways to watch your health decline. Equally, guilt over food isn’t helpful either. Eating something that doesn’t serve you well isn’t the end of the world. Enjoy it and move on.

Think about the big picture, work out what works for you, do the best that you can, do your own research when making decisions and remember that the ONLY expert on you is YOU.

And one last thing – keep listening to your body. Things change over time. Keep making changes as your body and your circumstances change.


I would love to hear your thoughts about this.




30 thoughts on “The only diet/health advice you should ever follow”

  1. What a great article! Clearly written without judgement.
    You echo many of the things that I tell my massage clients.
    I’m sure the hormones produced by our negative emotions (eg guilt, anger) do more damage than we know about at present. I find the research fascinating!
    Keep up with your informed articles, please!

  2. Great article. Just what we were discussing the work lunch table! We often talk about what we are eating and how we are feeling and what other friends and family are trying when it comes to health and wellness. I said exactly what you do in this article – we are all different! What works for one body may not for another. I will say that as I age I understand better what my body needs. The hope now is that we can teach the younger generation to listen better from an earlier age and then maybe we will have a healthier nation!!

  3. Very informative article. Thanks for sharing. Been looking for some ideas for a post like this and stumbled across yours! I heard several diet and weight loss advice already, but we would not know if the diet plan works for us if we will not try it. The key is to listen to our body so we can choose the best diet plan for us.
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  4. Impossible not to read your articles, really everything you say has consistency and whenever I have time I give a read in your articles, because they are really very good. Congratulations.

  5. Very good article.
    People not always understand what good diet is and try to follow some stupid low-carb/low-fat diets and stuff like that. Which is obviously a disaster.
    You can stick to a low-calorie fast food diet or processed food diet and think you’ll do well but you won’t.
    That’s ridiculous? Your body needs fresh fruits and veggies, nutrition and vitamins.
    First, you need to think about that and not about low fat or low carbs or anything else.

    Be healthy!

  6. Thanks Monique for your valuable info.Your ideas and sharing both are simply outstanding.Your tips are really worthy and valuable which adds some extra mileage on my health care.Health test is always important and some tests are always beneficial to reveal some important factors which causes a damage in our health.A healthy living needs to require some serious brainstorming to determine the best outcome. .I found your article more interesting and useful as a tool which could help me to get a good health.

  7. Hi Monique,

    Very good article. This really is the only health advice we need to follow.

    It is very practical and effective to listen to our bodies and make small changes. This is the way to find out what is best for us.

    Guilt about food doesn’t help, rather it works against us.

    Thanks for this article.
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  8. Excellent article! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about different health tips for myself. I think you’re absolutely right. I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion. Thanks for the great tips; you’ve been very enlightening!

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