Why I Say No To One-Size-Fits-All Advice
One-size fits all is a myth. You might be shopping for clothes and find a label claiming their leggings fits everyone the right way. Or you might be online browsing for advice and find an article that says everyone needs to give up dairy. Trust me on this – it’s simply not true. As someone who obsessively looks for new recipes online, I often come across blogs who claim everyone “must” be vegan. Depending on whether or not I want to drink two glasses of wine, I can find my way to the right website to prove myself right.
Everyone is different
We all have different bodies, and they react to certain food and drinks differently. Those reactions might even depend on other factors entirely. When I was younger, I read online that it was critical to eat before working out. Naturally, I took this a gospel. So if I didn’t eat, I felt sick during a run or yoga class. But recently? Recently I haven’t been eating breakfast, and I even exercise on an empty stomach and coffee if I’m feeling particularly bold. Talk about weird.
Don’t Take Your Advice From the Internet
I am the most guilty of this. I live and breathe by what my favourite blogs (including Bad Yogi) post and advocate for. But what works for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. The amount of weird things I have tried, like bulletproof coffee and “5 Ways Everyone Can Lose Five Pounds” is embarrassingly high. Normally trying these things is fairly painless. It can even be funny. It can, however, backfire and you can easily harm your body if you aren’t careful.
You Learn Better From Yourself
If there’s one thing I have learned from trying out a million things online, it’s that I should just listen to myself. Not only is one-size fits all a myth, I think it’s a bit lazy. Of course you want to have this guru’s advice lead you to enlightenment. But they don’t know you. You know best if your stomach is upset after too much ice cream or wine. Just by watching and listening to yourself, it’s not too hard to figure out food sensitivities or something your body flat-out dislikes.
So this autumn, instead of following the advice of a blog telling you to cut all yellow squash from your life, decide for yourself whether or not you think it is necessary. It’s a bit of a hit and miss routine, but ultimately you’ll find what’s best for you.
What do you think, yogis? Do you have any experiences testing out your own sensitivities?