Nutrition – It Isn’t JUST About What You Eat

When people think about Nutrition, often times the first thing that naturally comes to mind is food!  Yes, nutrition is about food.  However, when you take a deeper look at nutrition, you will find that there is much more to it.

Nutrition is really an ART!  Take a beautiful painting for example.  An artist can’t just rely on paint.  They also need to have a great canvas and brushes too!  The same applies to nutrition.  Like the artist’s paint, the food that we eat is a primary factor in nutrition’s grand contribution to our health.  However, we also need to have good digestion of that food and we need to have several other contributing factors in order to have optimal health.

So, to get techy for a second…Nutrition is focused on the interactions between living organisms and their food.  But wait!  It is more than just a focus on food!  It is actually a study of a two part process:

1) The study of the biological processes used in consuming food

2) Our body’s ability to use the nutrients contained in food

I believe that the study of second part of the definition, our body’s ability to USE the nutrients in our food, truly gets severely overlooked!  I believe the reason this gets overlooked is because there is a tough uphill battle concerning the very first part of the definition and that is the food that we eat!  Most people are not even actually choosing or getting great foods full of nutrition – so how in the world can one even imagine focusing on how their body is actually USING the food that they are eating?

Imagine for one moment, the most “perfect” person eating the most “perfect” diet… What if their body wasn’t able to USE the nutrients in the most “perfect” foods that they were eating?  Would it even matter that they were being so perfect?  Not really!  The end result would be the same as if they weren’t eating well at all….they would still be under-nourished.  Not only is it important to focus on WHAT we are eating, it is also very important to focus on how our body is functioning in order to actually USE the nutrients derived from our foods.

I sincerely don’t want to diminish the importance of making healthy food choices.  The first step is to truly make great choices for food.  Organic, whole foods are optimal in terms of nutrients.   This step is essential for the health of your body.

Nutrients provide energy (measured in calories), contribute to the body’s structure (our physical being – bones, flesh, muscles and blood) and regulate the functioning of all body processes (enzymes and hormones).    You are familiar with nutrients – especially if you have been living the SAD lifestyle and have ever done yo-yo dieting!  I can’t tell you how old I was when I started counting calories and carbs! At any rate, there are 4 main nutrients:   WATER, CARBOHYDRATES, PROTEINS and FATS.   VITAMINS & MINERALS are nutrients too!  They are known as the Micronutrients.    These are all the big players of nutrition.  This is what keeps our bodies running smoothly as we journey through life.

The goal of wellness through nutrition can only be achieved by first choosing great sources of food and then secondly being able to actually use the nutrients from your food.  This second part can be greatly impacted by what is called the FOUNDATIONS.  The Foundations are focused on the following:

  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Mineral Balance
  • Hydration

Over the next few days I will be focusing a little on each Foundation and how it relates to your body’s ability to actually use the nutrients found in the foods that you are putting into your body.

Nutrition description

The ART of Nutrition:
1) The food that you eat 2) How your body uses the nutrients in the food that you eat

Meanwhile, check out the Nutrition section on this site and start making great food CHOICES!  If you are a DITCH THE SAD MEMBER, continue following the TRANSITION PLAN to help you as you learn how to embrace wellness through nutrition.

Blessings & health,

Jen

 

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