It’s pretty clear that we are all unique, from our hair color, to the shapes of our toes. Certainly you look a lot different than your partner. You have different nutritional needs than your partner and you may have different digestion, depending on your biotype. It’s not accurate to think that we can all eat the same meal plan every day and reach our optimal health. Every person has nutritional needs, exercise needs and digestive needs that make up who they are.

When it comes to eating meals together as a family, it can certainly challenge us to come up with a menu that works for everyone. Food sensitivities and food preferences are challenging enough, add two ph360 profiles into the mix and suddenly life is more complicated.

Some couples are successfully navigating the fence line between giving up on individual food needs and going overboard. The balanced line lies in the middle. This means if one person needs lots of meat and the spouse needs very little, there are meals that have the meat and the partner either doesn’t have the meat option, or has a small portion. If one partner needs lots of celery to meet dietary needs, celery is available at meal and incorporated into dishes when possible.  One spouse can have eggs for breakfast and the other one oats.

As a society we have come to think of preparing food as a necessary evil.  Why does our society believe that making money is more important that creating a healthy meal? How could that possibly be true when we can’t enjoy our earnings if we are not healthy? In fact, if we slow down enough to smell the roses and take the time, we can appreciate the abundance we have to enjoy and celebrate that the food we need to nourish our bodies is readily available.

Meal preparation is becoming a lost art in the wake of convenient foods. However, convenient foods have less nutritional benefit due to storing time, additives and preservatives. Fresh food provides far more of what your body needs for total health. Take the time to plan well and walking the fence line of balance success if truly possible.

The only way to solve the problem of different dietary needs is to spend thoughtful time and energy on the grocery list and the meal creation. This is something couples can do together. Each person could help with the responsibility of meeting their dietary needs so the primary cook is not overwhelmed. If we all recognize the significant relationship of what we eat to the health of our body then we might be willing to set aside some extra time each day for meal preparation and each week for thoughtful shopping. You are what you eat.

Your body doesn’t need the same ingredients as every other body, because you are unique. Feed your body and your spouse’s body what each of you need and you will enjoy a better quality of life, more health and joy. Learn more at

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