The 19th Century American Poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” This is of course, a widely accepted sentiment. We are all individuals, we have different interests and beliefs. Different strengths and weaknesses, cultures, taste in music and food. We have different DNA and genetic makeup. Mr. Emerson is saying that we are the best versions of ourselves when we embrace our individuality, instead of trying to mold ourselves to generalised, conventional ideals, practices and/or tastes.
For the last half century we’ve seen various diets and eating plans come and go. These weight loss programs are generally packaged into convenient, ‘easy to follow’ bundles and marketed to the masses. But as our understanding in this space has advanced, it has become clear that no matter how many times these diets proclaim to be the all-encompassing answer to weight loss or optimal nutrition; we are all different and for that reason alone, these diets can never be completely effective for everyone. And in some cases, they can be detrimental to our overall health. We truly are all different. Everybody has their own personal taste in music, some of us love sports and the outdoors, some of us love gardening, some reading. In this same way: what we eat and the reaction it causes in our bodies is different for everyone. We can never get the most out of a diet designed for someone else. A truly beneficial diet, is one that is built specifically for you. And now with advances in the health technology space, it is now possible to scientifically analyse our bodies like never before. Studies like this one at the Weizmann Institute of Science; are using specific data based around how your body responds to different foods and tailoring a personalized diet according to your genetic makeup.
While it’s still early days, we’re excited to see this pragmatic, scientific, individualised approach to our health and the food we eat. At Wishbone, it has always been our belief that when it comes to our health, tastes and diet, we should not be forced into a mold, but rather the mold be made to fit us. Which is why we’re so excited to see companies like this helping people to first understand their bodies, and then help people build a balanced diet around that data. This is also why our menu includes an array of options to help fit your personal ‘dietary mold’. We’ll continue to watch this space closely and keep you updated on any exciting advances and updates!