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Do you know your nutritional style?


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When Holli Thompson, certified Holistic Health Coach, started feeling cold all the time, noticed her fingers were becoming numb, and was picking hot food off of her son’s plate at the dinner table, she knew she needed to reevaluate how and what she was eating.

So she readjusted her nutritional style—what she calls a unique way of eating that nourishes and satisfies you, and is based more on how you feel than how you look. In her new book, Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Happy, Healthy and Delicious Life, she wants to help you discover yours, too.

“My goal is to get people to figure out what works for them and what doesn’t,” says Thompson. “I was raw and vegan and I felt amazing for about a year. Then my body started to push back.”

She breaks out the nutritional styles in her book into healthy omnivore, flexible vegetarian, and modern vegan—and says those styles should evolve over time with you and with the seasons.

Here’s how to discover yours. —Molly Gallagher

Holli-Thompson-book-nutritional-style1. Tune in to your cravings. See what’s working and what isn’t. If you’re a vegan, but craving some salmon or chicken, it’s probably time to re-evaluate your diet, says Thompson.

“When you commit to a certain way of eating, but you’re not feeling as fabulous as you once did that calls for a change,” Thompson says.

There’s a quiz in her book, and on her site, that helps you identify your style by asking questions like “They offer wild salmon and steak filet at a party and you choose?” and “The soup you crave on chilly days is?”

2. Take an inventory. Depending on what style you get from the quiz (“healthy omnivore” for me), Thompson then asks you to question if it’s right for you. Do you have unexplained pain? Headaches? Bloating? Thompson says these could be signs that you have an imbalance in your diet.

3. Roll with the seasons. “Nutritional style adapts with you and adapts throughout the year as well,” Thompson says. “Fall is the time when you want to take advantage of antioxidants and phytonutrients from foods and strengthen your immunity. If you’ve been drinking green juice all summer, now is the time to switch to a smoothie with more fiber, for example.”

For more information, visit www.hollithompson.com and check out Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Happy, Healthy and Delicious Life