Those of you who have read my previous blogs may be wondering, ‘what’s all this “N of 1” stuff about?’ In statistics, an “N” refers to a sample size. When doing a science experiment, one generally tries to get the largest sample size possible in order to be able to gather information that can be applicable to the largest number of people. Thus, in science, having an “N of 1” is generally a bad thing. It means that the information you have gathered could really only be important for the one subject that was studied. But when it comes to you and your body and lifestyle, and N of 1 is the perfect sample size to obtain precisely the information you will need for your own health!
There are loads of diets out there, many of them so riddled with dogma that even my cats are wary. There hundreds of solutions and thousands of sites dishing out food advice. They all work, and none of them work, depending on who you are (ie., your genetics, what you believe, how foods affect your body, your lifestyle etc..). Therefore, practicing personal nutrition is really a way to deepen your relationship with yourself. Things change. Bodies change. Yesterdays nutrition might not be optimal for today’s world. So how does one cultivate health and wellness for oneself today, right now, in this moment and remain malleable to the changes that are happening every day? That’s a great question. I’ll share my N of 1 tips and data if you share yours! Leave lots of comments and whatever you do, remember to Eat Well!
About the author:
Dr. Emily Noble is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a PhD in nutrition from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has previously held many culinary-related occupations, such as cooking professionally on a tall ship, teaching cooking classes, and working in communications at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, where she performed weekly cooking demonstrations. She specializes in cooking with produce. Emily has taught cooking in many different settings, including classrooms, hospitals, co-ops, radio shows, local farms, a Native American summer camp, the PBS television program SciGirls, The SPNN television program “Market” and her previous blogs “90 salads in 90 days” and “Leafy Reader”, the content of which can now be found in the archives of this site.