Nutrition: What Is It Really?

What is nutrition?
What is food?
What is a diet
Why do we eat/need food?
What are the best foods to eat?
What foods make us lose weight or gain weight?

And I can go on and on and on about the questions we ask!

The truth is food is any substance that people consume to provide nutritional support and to maintain life and growth. So, in all honesty no food is bad for you (unless it is toxic for your body or can kill you)! With that being said, balance and moderation is the key to everything. 

Food provides us with energy to live our daily lives and without energy our bodies would not work the way it is supposed to.

Good dietary habits provides us with nutrients for our body to perform at its best, feel better, live better and just be stronger overall. For every nutritional choice we make, there will be an outcome, whether good or bad and often it shows in our body both inside or outside. 

It isn’t just about following the rules or going on a strict diet. It’s about enabling a happier, healthier life for long term goals because a healthy life is a longer life. 

good nutrition
A Balanced Meal

So, what is good nutrition?

When you really care about what you eat,and make mindful deliberate choices you almost inevitably eat better. Regardless of the macronutrient or specific choices just eating better quality food will improve our health significantly.

I am not a big fan of the word ‘diet’ because trendy diets and fads simply aren’t sustainable in the long run. We can’t go our entire lives by being on a diet. Additionally, one diet will not work for everyone, as our bodies are made up differently. There are too many factors that play a role as to why we cannot follow a specific diet or why it would not work if we are not consistent (time/age/budget/body type, and the list goes on).

Trust me — adopting healthy choices, along with physical activities would benefit one in the long term rather than trying “healthy diets “ ever so often.

You can be healthy and fit whether you eat mostly meat or veggies, mostly fat or carbohydrates, multiple times a day or just a few times a day.

The problem we have is how much we put on our plate. Counting calories and considering the real factors about staying healthy (the “Less is more” mindset) does not mean eating like a bird. It means choosing food with good nutritional value and embracing a mindset that allows you to feel truly satisfied with a diet that keeps your energy balance (calories) in check.

Next time, we’ll take a look at what macronutrients are and how they factor into good nutrition!

charlene fitness chef

Charlene Procope Delph is a Personal Trainer, Bikini Athlete, Model and is certified in Sports Nutrition

Nutrition: What Is It Really?
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