Why Personalized Matters
I was in Whole Foods last week and witnessed something that profoundly affected me. A mother was shopping with her two children – twin girls – and they were all a little “frayed,” probably having come off of a busy day. The girls started to get “playful,” and the mother’s temper started to flare. The girls continued to tease each other, the mother’s frustration level rose, and then there was the big “confrontation.” The mother insisted the girls stop laughing and joking and that they put their shoes and coats back on and get in the cart.
The girls were taking their time; the mother grabs a shoe, and shoves it on one of the girl’s foot. “Aww, you are hurting me,” the one twin said.
“Just put the shoe on…” the mother replied.
“It’s not mine, it hurts my foot,” the girl replied.
The mother sighs and said “it doesn’t matter. You both wear the same size shoe, it is fine, just put it on.”
“No. It matters. It’s not mine and her foot is shaped differently than mine. I am not going to wear anyone’s shoes except my own.” Arms defiantly folded across the chest, chin out.
I turned down another aisle to give them space to work it through…and thinking…those girls must be 7 or so. Twins, “cut from the same cloth,” as my mother would have said. And here was one girl so aware of her own identity and her need to self-identify that she would not simply put on her sister’s shoe to make her mother happy. You go, girl!
One size fits all doesn’t actually fit anyone…it’s a scattershot for the greatest coverage. Having the ability to pick and choose what is right for us and what supports us provides the greatest possibility for health and vitality.
I think one of the most rebellious acts we can take in our lives is to assert our own unique individuality. For some people, this might be a no-brainer, yet for others, it is a daily, conscious act of acknowledging and affirming who we are and bringing that to everything that we do in our lives. This can be met with acknowledgment and celebration or with many different attitudes as we force others to think outside their boxes as we continue to step outside our own.
This is also so important with regards to our healthcare and our nutrition. One size fits all doesn’t actually fit anyone…it’s a scattershot for the greatest coverage. Having the ability to pick and choose what is right for us and what supports us provides the greatest possibility for health and vitality. The Blood Type Diet provides the individualized lens for this to occur. The process of defining who you are by your blood type supports your unique biochemical individuality and allows you to get really specific about what is good and not good for you. You can further tailor this with determining your Secretor Status, your GenoType, and ultimately a completely personalized program using the SWAMI software.
Whatever entry point you choose, and wherever you determine is the natural place for you to work from, the most important element is that you have made the decision to see who YOU are and to support and celebrate your uniqueness. This has tremendous impact on your vitality, your health and from what I have experienced, your overall sense of aliveness.
Here’s to you!