Nutritional Nourishment By: Aubrie Pohl
At its simplest, food is fuel.
Your body is so amazing that it is able to break down that food into its macronutrients and micronutrients, and then reassemble those into your cells and provide you with the energy that enables you to grow and thrive towards your greatest potential.
However, there is a catch…
Your body is only as amazing as the material it has to work with.
What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to perform, our mental clarity, and stress levels.
Since food fuels bodily processes, it makes sense that nutrient dense food encourages optimal overall function.
…. But there is a mass epidemic in our country.
A disconnection of the correlation between food and health.
The “Standard American Diet”, also known as SAD…. is sad!!
It’s a diet high in processed foods, high in cholesterol and saturated fats, rich in animal proteins and fats, and low in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables.
Our portion distortion and love affair with calories is critically short of many nutrients our bodies need to function properly.
However, a simple change in diet can create a profoundly positive impact on our physical and mental functioning.
Your Body is Your Nutritionist
Before the advent of our industrialized food system, a convenience culture with more care about sales than sustenance, we learned proper nutrition by being in tune with our satiety levels and sane food habits.
We are currently living in a paradox of health.
Never before have Americans had more awareness of health and nutrition… and never have we been unhealthier.
With a pandemonium of information constantly contradicting one another, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Our appetite intuition has been replaced with food labels, apps, book, blogs, and diet crazes stating what foods should or shouldn’t be consumed!
So we seek knowledge of nutrition not by listening to our bodies but by listening to what the media says.
We aren’t paying attention to how we feel, but to how many calories we are eating.
We are relying more on abstract ideas that our intuitive wisdom.
What to Eat?
Every body is different.
We all have different genetics and different dietary requirements.
Some foods will impair functioning and drain your energy while others will allow you to prosper and flourish.
Many of us are too distracted by daily affairs to bring awareness to the effects of certain foods in our system.
A balanced, natural diet full of whole foods is without a doubt filled with the macronutrients and micronutrients to support physical and mental functioning to enjoy robust health and feel satisfied.
The macronutrients are the energy-giving components of foods; the carbs, proteins, and fats.
The micronutrients are the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to give you proper nourishment.
Shop only around the perimeter of the grocery store.
Eat without distractions and notice how certain foods make you feel.
If you see a food that is not something your great-grandparents ate when they were young, disregard it.
Drink water all day, every day.
The nutritional components in food power both the body and mind.
Appreciate every bite, every morsel, and learn to trust your body’s signal that it’s nourished.
After all, a healthy outside starts from the inside.
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