This past Sunday we held a nutrition seminar to go over what we believe are the top tenants of a long lasting, healthy diet. We love seminars like this because it allows us to get the most important information out to a group of people in a fun, interactive, and efficient way.
A few of the top things we covered included:
- The biggest problems we face as it relates to our nutrition habits: being too REACTIONARY - this is multifaceted - people are always looking for the new and exciting thing to try. "Influencers" are always trying to push out new gimmicks because they know we are so reactionary. And from the Healthcare provider standpoint, doctors are so overrun, they don't have the opportunity to dig deep into root problems. So if you are obese or have high blood pressure, your doctor will give you a quick fix prescription, but that doesn't address the main issue. It's a reaction to the symptoms.
- Next we talked about the food pyramid - who made it? WHY did they make it how they did? Is it the reason why America is so obese today? And then we discussed how WE would create a food pyramid - protein as the base because protein is so important. We are finding that obesity is actually a symptom of lack of muscle mass and skeletal structure. This intuitively makes sense: if a person doesn't have a lot of muscle, they aren't able to do much in terms of function or activity. Muscle is what allows our bodies to operate. Furthermore, muscle burns a lot more calories throughout the day than any other organ or tissue in the body. So the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you'll burn, and the more likely you are to burn excess fat. From there, fruits and veggies come in. These are super important for all the micronutrients we need such as various vitamins and minerals. Above that would be starches - not an absolute no-no, but the amount you consume should correspond with the amount of activity you do in a day. The more active you are, the mores starch you can get a way with. Lastly, the tip would be the same: fats. We need to consume healthy fats, but they can be dangerous as they are easily overdone.
- After going over the Food Pyramid, we talked about QUALITY of food. Processed vs whole food sources. And it basically comes down to this: eat whole foods as much as possible. They offer more nutrients (both macro and micro) meaning they will satisfy your bodies needs and keep you full longer. They also take longer to digest, again keeping you full longer. Processed foods are full of empty calories - no nutrients - so your body feels hungry again quickly after eating them.
- Lastly, we talked about how much we should be eating and how frequently we should be eating.
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We also announced the launch of our three tier Nutrition Program. This is a great option if you want to clean up your diet and need help doing it. The nutrition program incorporates weekly assessment and instruction for you, as well as check-ins to see how things are going and to help overcome any obstacles you are facing. If you are interested in learning more about our nutrition program, shoot us a message!