“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it”
There are so many things that I could write about nutrition. We could spend days delving into nuances about calories, protein synthesis, glycolysis, minerals, vitamins, supplements, micronutrients, macronutrients… the list goes on and on. At some point, I am sure I will explore the more intricate details of the aforementioned topics, but for now I feel that we are better served sticking to the basics.
Your “diet”, or nutritional intake is a VITAL player in ALL aspects of your life. It affects your health (everything from your propensity towards coming down with the common cold, your risk for diabetes, and even CANCER PREVENTION), your physical capability, your emotional well-being (your happiness, mood, concentration, ability to cope with stress, or even susceptibility towards depression), as well as your outward appearance (skin, hair, nails, weight—you name it).
I saw a quote the other day that said, “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet” -Anonymous. I am particularly fond of this statement because it illuminates the absolute necessity of fueling your body with the proper nutrient balance. Food is not the enemy, UNHEALTHY food is the enemy. Unfortunately, we live in a society where we are constantly “on the go”, and processed food has become the societal norm. We are constantly inundated with media that promotes a “Fast-Food Nation”, and prepackaged lifestyle. If you are interested in more information on this, I would HIGHLY recommend the following documentaries: What the Health, Fed Up, Food Inc., Forks Over Knives, Super Size Me, Food Matters, and Hungry For Change. These films highlight a silent revolution that emphasizes the galvanization of citizens to become aware of where their food comes from, and why it matters.
Want to know the good news? YOU have the ability to decide what you put into your body. “Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it” -Heather Morgan. Each bite, sip, gulp, nibble, or taste is an opportunity to make a good decision. How empowering is that!?! Once you start being cognizant of what you are putting into your body, your actions will change. If your habits change, you will likely start to notice inspiring changes within yourself that will ultimately make you WANT to eat healthfully.
Want even more good news? You can eat a clean, healthy diet and still lead a “normal” lifestyle. You can start ever day off correctly with a balanced breakfast, prepare delicious lunches for the work week, eat healthy snacks to get you through the day, have a nutritious dinner at home OR out on the town, and engage in the occasional indulgence. As of late, more and more restaurants are listing their nutritional information on the menu, or online. If the establishment you are dining at does not provide this information, you can typically get a generalization on this site.
Ultimately it is all about moderation, small trades here and there will have a lasting impact (for example: pre-planning to have a salad at dinner, so that you can have a slice of birthday cake with a friend). Living life without exceptions is unrealistic, and typically no fun. I don’t expect (or want) you to become a hermit who can only eat at home. With that being said, I do believe that you have the ability to make empowered decisions that will make you a healthier, happier version of you!
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