By: Jessica Lopez
The human body truly is an amazing organism, comprised of billions upon billions of cells. On their own, each cell is a microscopic powerhouse and together they create something so incredibly complex we have yet to fully understand it. That something is of course you, me, and the entire world. Cells combine to form tissues, tissues combine to make organs, and organs combine to make organ systems. Proper nutrition is what fuels this entire process, so it is safe to say that good health starts at a cellular level.
Why Nutrition is Key
Think of nutrition as the chemical process that drives the creation and maintenance of cells and tissues. Nutrition has a profound and direct effect on our health, appearance, hormones, moods, and energy levels. There are entire schools of thought centered on proper nutrition as the best form of proactive care and preventative maintenance for the human body.
“Nutrition plays an invaluable role in your health” (Blake, 2015). Strong, vital bodies come from strong, vital cells, and these cells are created and formed by the food you eat. While exercise is an integral part of weight loss and leading a generally healthy life, nutrition is arguably more important and plays a larger role in whether or not you will achieve your fitness and weight loss goals. Here are some simple, easy to follow tips to get a jump start on your own nutritional journey.
The Rules of Nutrition
80/20 Rule: When looking at your food intake, try to have 80% be clean, healthy foods and allow 20% to be "not so healthy". This will give you a good balance to strive for and allow for some indulgences to help you stay on track.
Your Plate: Aim for half of your plate being filled with fruits and vegetables, one quarter by meat or protein, and the other quarter by whole grains.
Sugars, Flour, & Alcohol: Refrain from eating refined sugars, white flour, and alcohol. These foods can spike your insulin levels and can turn into triglycerides to be stored in your fat cells. Eat whole grain foods instead.
Saturated Fats: Limit your intake of foods high in saturated fats or highly processed meats and cold cuts.
Organic & You: Eat as close to the Earth as possible. Natural and organic fruits and vegetables have amazing energy and nutrients that your body needs to heal itself.
Proper Hydration: Drink lots of water. Take your lean body mass, divide that number by two and that is how many liquid ounces per day that you should drink. The average is about 3 liters. Coffee, juices high in sugar, and soda do NOT count.
Nourishment vs. Sustenance: Enjoy eating healthy! Look at your food as nourishment and love for yourself.
These tips should start as a solid outline for how to go about properly fueling all of those amazing cells that make up your body. We would love to hear any additional tips you use to keep your body humming along, so make sure you let us know on social media!
February 21, 2017