Let’s Talk About Food!

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Photo By Nathan Kavumbura

You know what I love? Food! I find food so interesting because it is an essential life line for every living being on our planet. From the moment we are brought into this world our whole world revolves around its existence. Think about it, as infants it dictated our moods. As children it was necessary for awareness in class and brain development. As adults it dictates our health… and our attitudes, or hopefully lack there of!

But, what I find the most interesting is that no matter how many classes you take or how many books you read, no one will ever be a master of nutrition or food! So you’re asking yourself, “Christine, if we can never be masters of nutrition, why do we even bother focusing on it?” Well, I have found that with a better understanding of nutrition you are able to make more sound decisions on the food that you put in your body, therefore, I believe awareness of its power can change your mindset in regards to what and how you eat. This idea all started through conversations with friends and family, their presence has caused me to realize that many adults are not aware of the foundational building blocks of the food they consume and why it is needed by the body. So today I decided to discuss basic nutrition concepts I think every person aspiring to eat healthy should know about their food…. Let’s get started!

So all food is made up of water, macronutrients and micronutrients.

Macronutrients are nutrients that your body requires in large amounts while micronutrients can be consumed sparingly. There are three categories of macronutrients; carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Carbohydrates are the essential power reserve for the body and they supply energy for your day to day activities. You can find carbohydrates in foods made up of dairy products, fruits, grains and potatoes.

Proteins are essential for growth, muscle repair and internal functions. You can find protein in fish, red meats, poultry, meat substitutes, cheese, milk, nuts, beans and vegetables. Fats are required for growth, absorbing certain vitamins, supplying concentrated energy and creating essential cushion for your internal organs.

Micronutrients are nutrients that are bodies require in smaller amounts. These are nutrients such as vitamins, oils and minerals. Oils are basically fats at room temperature.

Vitamins are natural substance created by animals and plants, while Minerals are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Although all are required in trace amounts, they are essential for boosting your immune system, supporting your growth, and assisting in the essential jobs your body does daily.

Wow! I know that was a lot of information. I tell you these details in hopes of providing you with information that will help you to make better food decisions! I personally am not the best when it comes to choosing foods. For a long time, I let my cravings determine what I would eat. Unfortunately, those cravings led me to continually focus on my love of CHEESE 🙂 ! But, sadly I realized that you can not live off of bean and cheese burritos, and still have adequate nutrition. I hope this post helps you make some great food choices this week. Don’t forget that food is your energy source and it can be the deciding factor towards healthy living. ❤

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore

 

 

Sources:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/oils

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/vitamins-minerals.html

http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/handouts/macronutrients.htm

http://bit.ly/1VDjTYW

 

 

 

 

 

I have all of your health answers!

I have all of your health answers!

Not Really :/

IMG_0633I have been deemed a know it all since the moment I began talking. I have always assumed that I, and I alone had the key information to solve the issues of those around me. I am not sure, if it was my love for reading, or my incessant need to always ask why, but I somehow believed that I could confidently answer any question thrown my way.

I by no means still follow that mindset. Although, I do believe that I am knowledgeable about many things I now know that, I do not have the answers to everything…Don’t get me wrong I still have a decently sized ego that is supported by a recovering know it all personality.

But, in all seriousness I just know what has worked for me and those around me. Not to mention, I also have an above average understanding of nutrition and how the body processes it all (plus the debt to prove it).

For example, I go to the gym between 3 and 6 days a week, every week for a couple hours. I have found that when I make it to the gym at least four times in a week my energy level is much higher and I can shed at least a pound from the week prior but if I go 2 or 5 times in a week I can sometimes see a weight increase. I tell you this in hopes to make you realize that by no means do I have a system completely figured out… But, I am working on it!

Currently I sit at a health level that is about 50 pounds heavier than I prefer and that would make my past soccer coaches order me to run until I faint. In lesser words, I am currently a work in progress! By no means, am I where I want to be in the healthy living department, nor will I be there next week, or next month. But, by trying new things (except sweating in a hot yoga room) and making sound decisions, like staying away from Wing Stop, I know that we both can reach our goals together.

I hope that you will continue this journey with me every week by reading and commenting on my posts, as well as sharing your own stories of success, frustration,
and interesting(embarrassing) experiences together! ❤

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does, that makes you a winner right there.” – Serena Williams