It seems like every week we read about a new diet that is guaranteed to help anyone and everyone lose weight but the truth is when it comes to nutrition, and even exercise, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Yes indeed, the sad reality is that no matter how good you are at following a certain diet or exercise program, in the end, there’s no guarantee that it will work for you. But why? According to the authors of the first gene-based recipe book, Genes to Plate, it all comes down to your unique genetic make-up.

Genes to Plate offers those struggling with their weight and common ailments and diseases an incredibly different way at looking at treatment. The recipe book and wellness guide was written by world-renowned industry leaders in Nutrigenomics, Yael Joff, Judith Johnson, and Alex Royal and takes a more personal look and health and wellness. As tempting as it may be to jump on the bandwagon and try the same diet your friend Susan lost 10KGs following, what works for one person may not work for you, even if it is the ‘healthy’ way to do it.

Cape Town Pizza and Pasta Festival.

But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to circum to your DNA, in fact, scientists have discovered that our genes are not the set-in-stone blueprint we once thought they were and the way you live can directly affect how your genes are expressed. This is how we can optimise how we eat, exercise, and extend our vitality, even as we age. I found this idea super fascinating, the fact that you can take your health into your own hands and give your body the tools it needs to shed a few pounds or even fight common skin disorders and other ailments like Psoriasis, Eczema, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ADHD… the list goes on.

Genes to Plate looks at nutrition and wellness from the perspective of four different health connections to food and our DNA. Basically, the idea behind the book is that eating the wrong kinds of foods for your genetic make-up could be the cause of common ailments, weight gain, and even not being able to lose weight. The four pillars in the book include Detoxification, Methylation, Oxidative Stress, and Inflammation and Genes to Plate breaks down these four pillars by giving you insight into the body and optimum nutrition relating to these pillars and providing tried and tested recipes to follow in order to counteract the effects of the pillar that relates to you the most. Of course, while one person might only need to follow the guidelines and recipes to help counteract Inflammation another person might also find that they need to include recipes related to Methylation as well.

Nu Health Food Cafe Salad

I struggle with Psoriasis which is a direct result of inflammation in the body – chronic inflammation is associated with almost every chronic disease known and can be related to issues like heart disease, eczema, autoimmune disease, cancer, bowel disorders, and many more. I’ve tried a few recipes in the book already and not only are they delicious but I felt like I had more energy and my skin looked and felt a lot better after diligently following the inflammation-related recipes in the book. The recipes are also super easy to follow and really delicious! I was also quite impressed with how many recipes there are for each section (or nutrition pillar) and also how many of the recipes in other sections overlap – the kitchen really is your wellness oyster with this recipe book on hand.

Of course, the book is just a guide to helping you start your genetic eating journey – and an incredible place to start at that! Genes to Plate has more than 100 recipes to help you get your body back into shape and fighting fit and the book will go a long way to helping you lose weight naturally or fight the symptoms of ailments you’re suffering with. If you really want to kick it up a notch and pinpoint exactly the areas you should be concentrating on then you can also book a session with the CTG Centre for a blood test and analysis of your DNA to work out exactly what diet you should be following for optimum health and weight. You don’t have to have the genetic tests done in order to enjoy the recipe book but it does help you to know which sections are most applicable to you.

For now, make sure you pick up a copy of Genes to Plate at Wellness Warehouse at R399.

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