Welcome to March, “National Nutrition Month.” Webster’s definition of nutrition is: “the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances.”
Maybe not the way you have been thinking about it? Once again, the media has set out to confuse and confound us on the “right” and “wrong” of what we put in our bodies. Sometimes, a valid nutritional idea becomes a fad and is overdone. When oat bran was found to play a role in limiting cholesterol, manufacturers rushed in with extravagant claims for their oat bran products, many of which contained levels of fat and sugar inconsistent with total nutritional value. If something sounds too good to be true, ya know, it probably is not true!
There’s no easy way to boost your energy and well-being or to lose weight. A basic rule of good nutrition is to eat a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups, avoiding high-fat and sugary foods. Before swallowing the claims — or the products — of talk show guests, ask yourself the questions below. Nutrition fads may have some elements of truth, but can rarely support a safe, effective, and complete weight-loss or nutrition program.
So here you are again, trying to decide what your best plan of “action” is. And here are my questions for you. Answer them in order and be clear about your intent!
1. What is your motivation? Do you want to lose weight, increase energy, trim down, fight a disease? Once you are very clear on your purpose move on.
2. What are you willing to commit to doing to get to your goal? What are you NOT willing to commit to?
3. How have you educated yourself on the best practice for your goal? Spend a pre-determined amount of time on your search engines and get a better idea of practices that work from reliable sources. Not too long, you can drive yourself crazy here.
4. Set a series of steps (small goals) that will lead you to your ultimate outcome.
5. Decide a beginning date for your course of action and find someone who will support you in your effort, without judgment on the outcome.
I love all foods, I’m Italian! I also know what foods make me feel lethargic and what foods give me fuel and lots of energy. I came to this knowledge by being honest with myself and listening to my body. Do I listen all the time? NO! Some days I eat that extra cookie, knowing it’s going to cause me fatigue. At this stage of my life, I am kinder and gentler to me. I understand my motivation for eating well. It’s to maintain my abundant health and having an extra cookie sometimes is not going to affect my health. I know this. Does it affect my ability to lose weight? Yes, it does. But…that’s not MY motivation. See where I’m going with this? Be kind to yourself, be honest with yourself, and find the joy in wonderful, healthy, wholesome foods that make you feel your very best.
Yes, nutrition is: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances. However, we live in a world of many grey areas, nothing is black and white. Use your intuition and learn to fuel your body with what makes you feel good, physically, mentally and spiritually!