Welcome to Nutrition month!!
This is a month to celebrate and educate about all that food can do for us. Food is medicine and the more we can all start thinking that way the better we will be. The food that you put into your body will directly impact how you feel and your overall health.
"Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline. When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop."
- Perspectives in Nutrition, Wardlow and Insel
Food gives information to our body and has the ability to fuel us, heal us, and prevent disease.
It fuels us. It gives us the energy we need each and every day.
It heals us. When we are sick we need to eat the proper nutrient dense foods to help our body recover and heal.
It prevents disease. We are all born with our genes, but the study of epigenetics is showing us that genes have the flexibility to express themselves with health and longevity, or with illness and degenerative disease, depending on environmental conditions. These conditions include the food and nutrients that are put in your body.
Proper nutrition is essential for optimal health and also if you are looking to loose weight. You can exercise all you want, but if you are not fuelling your body properly the weight will not come off.
I challenge you to be mindful this month of what you are putting your body. Are you eating real food? How do you feel after eating? Eat slowly, listen to what your body is telling you and remember food is medicine.
Until next time!