Nutrition is defined as nourishment or energy that is obtained from consuming food or the process of consuming nourishment and energy in the proper amounts.
Proper nutrition is sometimes far from what we get from our daily diet. We are obsessed with junk food, processed food that comes from a box and many of us eat little or worse yet no whole real food that provides the body with the proper nutrition that it needs.
The term “proper nutrition” is often misinterpreted by people and most people don’t fully understand how to implement into their daily lives. Let’s break down exactly what it means.
The World Health Organization defines proper nutrition as an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity.
According to the World Health Organization, there are five key points to defining a proper, well-balanced diet for an adult.
1. The main part of a healthy diet is the presence of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. It is important to get 5 portions or 400g of fruits and vegetables a day.
It is essential to get a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, get as many different colors as possible.
Some examples of legumes are lentils and beans.
Whole grains include steel cut oats, millet and brown rice.
2. Potatoes and starchy roots are not classified as fruits or vegetables, they are in fact starches, like grains and should be eaten in the right quantity for you.
3. Less than 10% of your total daily calories from simple sugars, ideally this amount should be less than 5%. This is equivalent to about 12 level teaspoons for a 2000 calorie a day diet. Simple sugars, include table sugar, sugar found in fruit, added to processed foods and found in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.
4. Less than 30% of total calorie intake should be from fats.
Most of your fats should be unsaturated fats, such as those found in fish, avocado, nuts, sunflower, olive & coconut oils.
Trans fats found in processed foods, fried foods, snack foods, fast foods, frozen pizza, pies, cookies, margarine, and spreads are not part of a healthy diet and should be limited to 1% or less of daily caloric intake.
In order to maintain proper nutrition, there are some principles that you need to apply in addition to the ones above from the World Health Organization.
Do not completely eliminate any type of food from your diet. Instead, incorporate all foods unless your health requires it and you are working with a health care practitioner or nutritionist.
Limit you saturated fats, starch, and sugars, but include lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and good fats into your diet.
Consume as much of your food as you can to their raw or original form or steam, sauté, bake or broil.
Minimize your intake of processed foods and junk foods. These typically offer no nutritional value and are much higher in calories than the natural choices.
Replace your juice with raw fruit, avoid sodas and energy drinks.
Vitamins, enzymes, and fiber are best consumed in the form of fruits and vegetables.
Hydrate daily based on your body weight, exercise or health needs.
It is really simple to get proper nutrition, EAT A WIDE VARIETY OF REAL WHOLE FOODS. Fresh clean meats, farm fresh vegetables & fruits and healthy dairy options will allow you to get all the various nutrients these foods provide. So, toss the boxes, and fill your plate with nature’s goodness and you will see and feel a marked difference in your natural energy levels, health and weight.
You are well on your way to a healthier body and better performance! Join us for our monthly seminar Fit to Eat, February 6th @10:30am.