Nutrition 101

There is WAY TOO MUCH on Nutrition in our world.

I hope to simplify it a bit though I suspect I will make it more complicated.

There is no “right” approach for any single person but there are some general approaches that can be tested to determine if they fit you, your body needs and your lifestyle.

Again, there is not a 1 Size Fits All approach.

Lets look at some basic starting points though.

Health experts agree, a health focused lifestyle will improve mental health, physical health, quality of life, longevity, and over all well being.

Health experts also agree:

  • Plant Based Lifestyles are better over all than Meat Based Lifestyle. This doesn’t mean you have to be a vegan or vegetarian. It simply means by adding Plants to your diet you’ll improve your life. Personally, I do a 80/20 approach. It began as 20% Plant Based/Vegetarian/Vegan. I hope to get that flipped in 2023. I know my health would appreciate it.
  • Sugars cause long term inflammation.
Nutrition Bubbles with Healthy Food Choices

Pastel Bubbles in Pansexual Colors Nutrition Coaching ShelleyRae OConnor Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach
I was introduced to:
The Game Changers
The Game Changers
is a new film executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of
plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. – IMDB
AND
It did indeed change my life.
Listening to athletes explain how Plant Based eating had changed not only their performance but their lives was inspirational. I wasn’t ready to jump in the deep end but I certainly began exploring.
 
I highly recommend watching it and deciding your own thoughts.
 
I have friends who say they can’t go vegan or vegetarian, I get it, there are lots of reasons and very valid ones why. That doesn’t mean one can’t increase their plant base and choose green, non starchy plants to support their omnivore/paleo/Mediterranean life.

Nutrient Density

When you conceptualize healthy eating, your first thought might be about calories. Even though calories are important, your primary concern should be nutrients.

That’s because nutrients, including protein, carbs, fat, vitamins, and minerals, are what your body needs to thrive. “Nutrient density” refers to the amount of nutrients in a food in relation to the calories it provides (11Trusted Source).

All foods contain calories, but not all foods are nutrient-dense.