Nutrition comes from the foods we consume everyday. A balance of in the amount calories we consume, the amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats we eat is important for our bodies to optimally function. The foods we choose to eat are very important. The more natural the food the better it is for us. The opposite is just as true — the more chemically processed the food the worse it is for us.
With all the fad “diets” these days, there is a misconception that our bodies can live without fats and carbohydrates. The truth is, our bodies need fat, especially those that are high in omega 3 fatty acids. Our brains rely on glucose to function and stay sharp, and glucose comes from the carbohydrates we eat.
The carbohydrates we eat, however, should be whole grain in nature. White, refined carbohydrates are the worst for our bodies. The protein we eat should be low in fat such as lean red meats, chicken and turkey. The fats we consume should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.
Trans fats, or hydrogenated oils, are chemically changed from liquid fats to a solids. We can't break down trans fats in our digestive system so they become free radicals in our bodies, and can damage our health.
The saying “we are what we eat” is the best description for nutrition. Starving is unhealthy, just as diet is a four-letter word in my opinion. It is a lifestyle of eating habits that allows us to be healthy or unhealthy.
Over the the course of my career I have educated many people to adapt a healthier way of eating. I welcome any questions anyone may have regarding nutrition and lifestyle.