All You Need to Know About Nutrition
Prepped to clean up your eating habits, understand the science behind nutrition and dive into wholesome meals to complement your journey to wellness? You’ll want to read and refer to this series by Core Direction, with nine articles written by The Wellness Brothers. See the briefs for each article below and click the links to learn more as well as download and save the information.
1. Why is food so confusing?
In our experience, people find food and nutrition a puzzling subject. It no longer seems to be simple. Instead, it’s downright confusing. When considering just how important it is for people to eat healthily, this confusion is at best unhelpful, and at worst, potentially deadly. That’s why it must be addressed.
2. The competing goals of mind and body
The Wellness Brothers’ approach to food acknowledges two fundamental goals in every human being. The first is the goal of the mind, which is to experience maximum satisfaction. The second is the goal of the body, which is to survive for as long as possible. When it comes to food, these are the two natural drivers that motivate what, why, when and how much we eat. The difference between the two is this, the mind wants food for FUN and the body needs food for FUEL. This is important to understand.
3. What cells want
If great health is what we want, we must remember that food’s main purpose is to FUEL the body’s trillions of cells. This means that food needs to be CELL-FUEL first.
4. The value of variety
Knowing how extensive the need for nutrients is and mindful that no single food has it all, it’s easy to see how a limited variety can lead to deficiencies. Not only that, but inadequate diversity can also lead to nutrient imbalances. Both deficiencies and imbalances are problematic.
5. Cleaning up
The reality is that there is no such thing as the perfect food. No matter how many benefits a particular food may have, it also has an unhelpful or hurtful component to it. Whether it’s something naturally occurring or added in the process, every single thing we eat has something in it (or on it) that’s not good for us.
6. Keeping it real
Aim to eat most of your food as close to the natural state as possible. This means blueberries over blueberry muffins; apples instead of apple pie; and strawberries rather than strawberry milkshakes. Put another way – try to cut back on unhealthily processed foods. The reason for taking in most of what you eat and drink as close to its whole-food form is to maximize the nutritional value of what you consume while minimising your intake of processing contaminants and harmful additives.
7. Keeping it green
Despite the growing popularity of high-protein, high-fat and low-carb diets, our bodies were designed to function best on mainly vegetables, fruits and grains. The reason is that plant foods are the ones that provide the highest quantities and broadest spectrum of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, co-factors and fibre. Besides being the source of the majority of micronutrients, plants also provide the best macronutrient ratios for healthy function.
8. Keeping it raw
When plant foods make up the majority of what you eat, it is a whole lot easier to have a mostly raw-food diet. Individual fruits and vegetables or combinations in salads, raw soups, smoothies and juices can all be taken raw. The main reason has to do with the micronutrients. Many of the micronutrients, such as vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients are particularly heat sensitive; they can be damaged or destroyed in the cooking process. Cooking can also lead to the loss of micronutrients in ways other than destruction.
9. Quantity is key
Many people want dietary advice for weight loss. They are often hoping for some special food suggestions or combinations that will magically melt away the fat. As much as we would love for that to be an option, the reality is that no such magic solution exists. Instead, we have to come to terms with the fact that successful weight loss ultimately comes down to successful calorie control.
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