If you haven’t yet noticed, Friday is a day when I get a little bit more personal/philosophical on the ol’ Frisky Lemon. I like to share a little bit about myself so that you know I’m a real person and not some totally awesome Paleo robot. I’m a totally, pretty okay human being with my own insecurities and imperfections.Yup. Although some of my close friends call me “robot”…
Today I’m going to talk about n=1.
N is a letter I used to hear a lot back in my undergrad biology major days. The letter “n” is used in scientific studies to denote how many subjects participated in the study.
The results of an experiment are usually more reliable when n = a big number– meaning that there were a lot of subjects studied, and therefore the result take into account a lot of variability.
n=1 is a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot recently. And I like it.
n=1 means that YOU, the one and only you, are the most important subject in this experiment we call life. Particularly when it comes to your diet.
It only takes one subject to figure out what’s best for you personally, regardless of how many n’s were in such and such a study.
Intuitively, you and only you know what works for your body.
If you don’t know what works right now, that’s okay, because your body is the best laboratory you have to discover what works for you.
I’ve talked about biochemical individuality before– the concept that no one way of eating works for everyone. N=1 is basically the same concept.
To use the words of Jimmy Moore, renown low carb blogger:
N=1 simply means we each have varying nutritional and fitness needs that require a customized plan to meet us where we are metabolically, physically, and even psychologically.
Even though we’re all the same, we’re all different. We have different needs, different tolerances, different goals. We all react differently.
N=1 is my favorite part about the holistic health counseling I do. All of my clients are different, so all of my sessions are different. We cover basic principles under the great umbrella of health, but the way I support each client to test and implement those principles is very different.
So. Go forth, (I almost inserted “young padawan” here, but ruled against it, but then put it in parenthesis anyway so you’d know I was joking) and experiment using the best laboratory you have: your body.
Be patient, because finding what works for you takes time. Seriously.
You will have to make adjustments. You will have to keep track of the changes you’re making and listen to your body.
Being impatient is why most people aren’t as successful as they’d like at their n=1.
We’re programmed to want results overnight. That’s just not realistic. You need to have patience with n=1.
Afraid you don’t have the patience it takes? Don’t know where to start with your experiment? That’s okay. Those things take some thinking and sometimes some outside support.
I’m not a totally awesome Paleo robot. I have my own, ongoing n=1, very human thing.
I”m currently experimenting with intermittent fasting and some full fat, fermented dairy. It’s only been two weeks, but I’ll let you know how it goes…
What have you been experimenting with lately? Feel free to share in the comments below!