The importance of Nutrition.
If you are close to, or experience any of the conditions listed above, you need to be reading this blog. These are just a handful of the many diseases that poor nutrition can cause. Nutrition alone can often treat most, if not all, of these conditions. A large number of the population suffer from many of these, yet they are still prescribed drugs and ‘quick fixes’ to help reduce the symptoms. Not even getting to the root cause of the problem. Whereas if you could just sharpen up your nutrition, you would be well on your way to defeating many of these barriers.
Braww is not talking about being given a strict diet plan, the ones that have the time you eat, to the milligram of chicken breast you need to put with your broccoli. We are talking about making gradual positive changes that will have you independently running a healthy nutrition plan off the top of your head. No referring back to reels of paper to see whats for breakfast, or having to pay your trainer after every 6 weeks for a new plan. Take personal control, be responsible for what goes into your mouth and hold yourself accountable when you slip up. Also celebrating every small success you have in the kitchen.
Food is fuel.
You all know that food is of paramount importance to life itself. But you often overlook the actual work it does around the clock, day in and day out. Your body is constantly working like a well-oiled machine to process, digest and optimise anything that you give it. Disposing of any of the unwanted products as it does so.
Any foods that you eat can and will be converted into energy. Energy that your body will use every single day. From getting dressed for work, to pounding out an hour long gym session. Right back to the Agricultural Revolution, humans have been using carbohydrates as their energy source. Pasta, rice and bread have been stable players in our quest to push our bodies to the limit. Although, recently there are varying theories as to where you should get your energy from (fats or carbs), the body is always going to need a source. The nutrition you put in place is literally the fuel for your day. So make the right choices.
As well as providing you with the powerhouse ingredients, the diet you follow also supplies you with the nutrients and vitamins that can help your insides to function more efficiently. Now how well, or poorly, your current diet is will determine just how well your body is functioning. Fuel it with the right products and your days of fatigue, constant illness and brain fog are long gone. All of these seemingly ‘work-a-day’ niggles are a by-product of poor nutrition. Try not to cheat yourself out of feeling more alive by opting for a fast food option or skipping past the fruit and veg section in the supermarket. Also if you take part in any form of training, it will all be a waste of time if you’re finishing your workouts with a trip to McDonald’s.
Pointers to live by.
- Avoid processed foods – These man made monsters have little to zero rewards for any part of your body apart from increasing your fat levels.
- Curb the binges – If you are going to treat yourself, make it one meal and not one weekend. Get straight back on it after you have your indulgence.
- Dodge high sugar foods – If you already feel tired, don’t go for high sugar solutions. Spiking your blood sugar will make you feel a lot worse in the long run.
- Have a structure – In a fast world it can be hard to know when you can eat, but please try, your body likes routine and will thank you eventually.
Routes to take.
So now you know why good nutrition is important, what can be done about it and what path should you be taking. There are vast amounts of ways in which you can go. You may be bombarded with many varieties of methods and techniques. All of which are disguised as new and inventive names. Most of these nutrition pathways can be categorised in maybe a handful of generic names. The key, is to do your research on a number of them, try and test them. Then deduce the factors that fit most easily into your life. From here you can almost create a custom ‘Nutrition By You’ which has elements of famous plans but, as a whole, is unique to you.
The Paleo diet allows you to only eat what our ancestors, millions of years ago, would have been able to forage and gather. This plan emphasises loading up on fruits and vegetables that are bursting with healthy vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this fills you up faster so you eat less, helping curb weight gain. Three of the benefits of Paleo are as follows;
- Eliminates high-fat and processed foods that have little nutritional value and too many calories.
- Can lead to more short-term improvements in some risk factors for chronic disease.
- The diet is simple. You eat the foods that are acceptable and avoid those that are not.
Fasting is one of the oldest techniques for eating as a whole, let alone for it’s health benefits. By choosing a fasting window that suits you, often between 16-18 hours per day. You not only limit your calorie consumption to a shorter period, but you also allow your body to focus on other important tasks that are not digesting food. Tasks like burning fat, producing blood cells and improving brain function. Three of the benefits of Intermittent Fasting are as follows;
- You lower blood insulin and sugar levels.
- Studies have shown an increase in Growth Hormone.
- You change your metabolism to burning fat reserves as oppose to carb stores.
The Ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called Ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into Ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. Three of the benefits of Keto are as follows;
- Lowering insulin levels and eating less sugar or processed foods may help improve acne.
- Research has shown that the Ketogenic diet can cause massive reductions in seizures in epileptic children.
- The Ketogenic diet can improve risk factors like excessive body fat, increased cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar.
At the end of the day.
When all is said and done, a universe of information can only provide you with knowledge needed. It cannot however produce the experience and feeling you gain from a well thought out nutrition strategy. It also does not have the ability to apply it into your everyday life. This process is down to you. Only you can make the change and the choices you need to get the best of out the body you were given. As we previously mentioned, the buffet table of diet methods out there is a large one. Our best advice is to choose, quite literally, the individual recipes that work for you. Keep consistent and trust that the process of change will benefit you greatly, short and long term.