What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is one of those important health-related words that has turned into a buzz word. Food labeled as nutritious is frequently seen when advertising everything from cereals to organic chicken. But, what really is nutrition? When we talk about nutrition, we are referring to eating a variety of foods necessary to be healthy.
These nutritional factors, also known as nutrients, give us the important things we need to maintain our health, feel good, look good, have energy, and promote longevity. It’s an important part of a everyone’s lifestyle since our nutrition accounts for 70-80% of our health and exercise accounts for the remaining 20-30%.
There are seven important nutritional factors essential for our bodies to thrive and our overall health to be optimal. They are:
- Protein-Amino acids,
- And omega-3 fatty acids
Why it Matters
We can all benefit from proper nutritional habits. A big percentage of the western population is overweight and many suffer from health problems and conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and obesity. Yet, leading a healthy lifestyle that includes balanced nutrition and a specific exercise program based on body type and personal strengths will help in your journey to a better and healthier lifestyle.
One of the biggest challenges for people when nutrition is concerned is that they get too much information from too many sources. Some sources are legitimate but many are not. People are constantly being told “eat this; eat that, or “don’t eat this; now you can eat this”. This gets confusing and demoralizing for people who desperately need real help and solutions. Ufiit recommends that non-clients seek answers from experienced and proven experts like certified personal trainers, fitness coaches, or registered nutrition counselors.
Alot of people like the pictures we have above showing how long it takes food to digest in your stomach.
Everyone comments that gives them a unique visual effect and different perspective about how food is received and processed in their stomachs.
Understanding of food
Unlike most diets that focus on what to eat or not eat, ufiit believes that there are many reasons that make it itmpossible for people to find real sustainable results from diets, and these reasons are why many people fail in their weightloss, wellness and fitness journeys.
Here are the reasons:
For example: some people believe that fish is a great replacement for meats but unfortunately some people can not eat or even tolerate the smell of fish.
Socio economic reasons
For example, avocados and quinoa are staples of most popular diets but as we all know, avacados are not cheap and neither is quinoa.
Some of details of what takes place at some of these memorable events often create a permanent reminder for us and it is very common that we do like to revisit or re-live those good times in our memories.
For example: I had a wonderful client who loved to drink alot of coke when I met her. Her daily average was 8 cans when we started, she said she had tried for a long time to stop or atleast limit the amount with zero success. After the 3rd wk of training her, I asked her to fill out another Ufiit food table for me, she said nothing had changed since she first filled out the first one in the first week. But I insisted, so she did. Then I asked her to write down the first time she had a canned coke. At the bottom of the page, she got very emotional and started crying. I was SHOCKED and felt very bad, so I asked her why she was upset. She replied, my first love at 16yrs. That was the first time she had a coke.
There was such a nostalgic attachment to that past event that she re-lived it daily by drinking a coke.
She doesn’t even drink pop anymore and its been 3+years.
This is not to say that it is the same situation for everyone but there might be a lesson that can be useful to everyone and no diet had ever worked for her because they were not based on her.
(Nostalgia is defined as the sentimental, affection, to the past typically for a period , things or place with happy personal associations).
What if you can create the lifestyle you choose without starving or punishing your body would you do it?