Pretty much everyone is basically familiar with what good nutritional guidelines are. You can follow the standard rules from the food pyramid and from portion control perspectives. But there are lots of instances when special nutritional requirements are the rule.
Five of those include nutrition guidelines during addiction recovery, pregnancy, high-intensity training, in dealing with genetic diseases, and with respect to allergies. You can fudge on general nutritional requirements, but when it comes to those specialized instances, it can be life-altering to either follow through with them or not. Consider each one.
When recovering from addiction, a person’s body is going to be in a state of upheaval when it comes to balancing vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and sugars back to an even place. Because drug addiction causes such unnatural changes in a person’s basic physical desires, health on a nutritional level is one of the first things to go, so it should be one of the first things to come back on the road to recovery. It’s a bit of challenge deciding whether it’s going to be the food the helps with recovery, or the recovery that helps with food decisions, but it results in a healthier balance either way.
Nutrition needs are different during pregnancy. Culturally, people will allow some built-in flexibility when it comes to wanting strange foods combinations (we’ve all see the movies and the TV shows that constantly remind us of this), but there are two schools of thought in terms of speciality as well. First, that doctors and modern medicine know best (with prenatal vitamins and diets), and second, that mama knows best and will just shop for whatever it is that will be best for her intuitively.
If you’ve done something like joined a high-intensity workout group, then you know that your dietary needs are going to change drastically. You’ll need a different proportion of calories, and most likely a lot more of them than usual. People can become obsessive about nutrition during these workout periods of their lives, and it’s up for grabs how much of a difference the minor details make, but it’s worth considering that the more attention you pay, the better your results will be.
And we’ve all heard about the gluten-free craze. In most cases, that’s a personal choice, but with people who actually have the genetic disease where gluten doesn’t digest, then you really do have to follow that specific nutritional guideline.
And finally, anyone with severe allergies to things like peanuts or certain kinds of fruit know that nutrition is going to be at least slightly different for them than other people. There are plenty of known diets that account for all possible allergies though, so at least you don’t have to do the work of figuring out the details for yourself from scratch!