Nutrition can be technically defined as-
However, thought about more simply, nutrition is the food we put in our bodies to give us fuel and nourishment to live.
In today’s day and age, nutritional knowledge and practices are becoming quite mainstream. We are more and more aware of what is healthy and nutritious, how to eat meals that are balanced, and what to avoid that harms our bodies. We also have science and research that is advancing nutrition, giving us tools we have not previously had. This includes food sensitivity testing, insulin level awareness and treatment, and so on. However, even with all we know and value, it can still be very hard to follow through for many of us. Consider the many times we make poor food choices, overeat or over-drink when socializing, eat past the point of fullness, or eat for convenience…only to regret it the next day (and in some cases, regret it just 15 minutes later). This begs the question, what is going on at a deeper level, and what might help?
There are many reasons we don’t follow through on best health and nutrition practices. The good news is – many of them are very addressable. For example, some main reasons we don’t eat well include:
Given these reasons, it may help to get thoughtful about where small changes can be made. For example, it may help to consider creating more structured meal plans, accessing new recipes, or keeping a food journal for deciding meals in advance. Or perhaps hire a service or personal chef that cooks and packages meals, so they are convenient, available, and nourishing. Alternatively, you may prioritize sleep to restore energy and increase mental clarity. Reducing stress can also go a long way in eating better, as prolonged stress drains energy and increases our need for quick carbs. When it comes to stress, slowing down, practicing mindfulness, and pacing ourselves through the day goes a long way. Lastly, increasing support and our sense of community can really help. This may be hiring professionals, joining groups, spending more time with friends or nature to increase balance and centeredness that results in better food choices. Considering small changes as consistency, not perfection, is the name of the game!
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