What is nutrition?
The first definition in the dictionary is, “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.”
Which is great, but how do I get that? Especially, in this current social media climate where this diet works and not that diet, and this is what this athlete does and not what that athlete does.
So, I like to explain it by the second part of the definition: Nutrition is, “the branch of science that deals with nutrients and nutrition, particularly in humans.”
For me, that is it: Science.
Our body needs a specific amount of nutrients to function. Macronutrients are the main source our bodies need which are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and then micronutrients which are, vitamins and minerals.
Those nutrients break down in our bodies and can make energy, build and repair our muscles, support brain function, and even help regulate our nervous systems and digestive system.
There you go. Science.
Unfortunately, the term “MACROS” has become synonymous with strict weighing and measuring of every gram and ounce of food eaten by elite, or intense, athletes. Instead the term “MACROS” should be known as: being aware of the number of macro and micro nutrients our specific body needs depending our activity levels, goals, and body type.
Let me break it down to you even more simply…
If you eat breakfast and immediately feel sluggish, still hungry, and have even more brain fog, then you are probably missing one or more of these key nutrients. But, if you eat breakfast and feel more energy and clarity to continue throughout your day, then you most likely have found a better balance of nutrients your body needs.
See, science… not good or bad, not shame or guilt.
By changing our perspective on food and thinking about the food we eat in terms of how our body is going to utilize it, we can relieve the stress or guilt that can usually be associated with the food we eat and the pressure we put on ourselves.
So, for the majority of our meals, eat foods that breakdown naturally in our bodies: fruits, vegetables, meats or other proteins sources, and fats, such as nuts or avocados. And, make all other foods the minority.
When we combine those two definitions of nutrition into one it means overall health and wellness with a greater quality of life as the result of receiving the right amount of nutrients our body needs to thrive…
It means better sleep and recovery.
It means greater output during exercise and activities in and outside of the box.
It means greater mental health.
Every “body” is different and there is no one “right” way to find your nutritional balance, but it is a process of baby steps taken each day and listening to the biofeedback your body and mind give to you that will lead you to yours.
To help you find these baby steps, beginning the first week of September we will start a 28-day Fall Nutrition & Lifestyle challenge with a single, short, daily task to help guide each of us to finding a greater balance in our journeys towards overall health and wellness.
At the end of the 28 days we will have a “Friday night lights” celebration with snacks, beverages, a 7070 Nutrition Q&A, and special guests. Coach Elisa will talk to us about mindfulness techniques and goal setting, and member Dr. Nathan Morris will talk to us about the importance of sleep, its effects on our bodies, and tips on how to get better sleep quality.
Printed calendars will be available in the box beginning the week of August 24. As you complete each daily task you cross off the box, and every member that brings their completed calendar to the Friday nightlights celebration will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.
Cannot wait to see you all there and remember, food is science!