‘N’ is for Nutriton: ICC Helps You Define Nutrition
At ICC, we see and speak with a lot of folks that are confused every, single day. This is especially true when it comes to nutrition & diet. What we see ranges from misinformed to misinterpreted, but we also see many that are just plain lost when it comes nutrition, fitness or general health. Today we take a look at a word and concept you hear all the time, but may not truly understand what it really means.
It’s such an important word, and concept or aspect of life. Yet, so many people do not truly understand it’s meaning. Dr. Ryan Russell, D.C. at ICC is educated, trained and experienced in nutrition. Today we are giving you a head start on good nutrition for Thanksgiving!
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What is Nutrition?
A well thought nutrition plan is essential for accomplishing your overall health goals. But, with all of the trendy “diets” and confusing options out there you must first know the basics. So, let’s take a look at the meanings and differences in the words,nutrition and diet. They are somewhat similar, but not at all interchangeable. Follow along with us!
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of the word “nutrition” is this: the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy. That’s pretty simple, right? It would be if there were not so many misleading products out there being touted as “healthy.” And, what is right for one individual is not so right another. We are all different, with different bodies, lifestyles and chemistries. In order to eat what is “right” for you there are other things you must figure out. But, we will come back to that.
Now, let’s define the word “diet.” This word can be a cause of great confusion because, as it applies to this discussion, it is both a noun and a verb. Merriam-Webster defines the verb form of “diet” as: to eat less food or to eat only particular kinds of food in order to lose weight. And, let the confusion begin! Notice that within the definition the terms nutrition, wellness and health are nowhere to be found. By definition, the objective of “dieting” is to lose weight. No wonder why so many so called “diets” start people on the proverbial rollercoaster ride of weight loss and weight gain. Nutrition, activity levels and general wellness are not factors!
Okay, so what about the noun form of “diet?” Our friends at Merriam-Webster define “diet (n.)” as: food and drink regularly provided or consumed. Not as enlightening as you might have hoped! But, as we dig a little deeper into sub-definitions we do find this: habitual nourishment. Aha! “Habitual nourishment.” That is something we can work with! So, let’s take it one step further.
If you are reading this then odds are that you would like to be more healthier and/or more fit. And, if you are serious about this goal then you need to make a genuine commit to providing your body with the proper fuel needed. In reaching your goals, “Habitual nourishment” will mean focusing on consuming quality foods, liquids and nutrition supplements…and eliminating “junk.” It ultimately means that you must consume what your body needs to perform at a high level from the time you wake up until you go to bed at night.
For today, we are not going to provide a long list of items that you should or shouldn’t consume to achieve optimal nutrition. A lot of it is common sense stuff that you learned as a kid. Eating lean meats, fruits and vegetables is good. Eating processed foods, fried foods and complex sugars is bad. Just use some common sense as you are beginning this journey. We will go much further into what and how to eat soon. But, for now…eat things like chicken breasts, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink water. Take your vitamins. Avoid pizza, fast food, heavy sauces and dressings, and sugary beverages. And, try to say no to cookies, cakes and candy!
Now, we said we would come back to “eating right” for you as an individual. Quite honestly, there is no way to give you the answer that you are likely seeking. There are many, many variables that go into formulating an answer for each individual. And, once again, that is why most “diets” do not provide the long-term answer.
If you are serious about making nutrition a priority the best advice we can give you is this: setup an appointment with Dr. Ryan Russell, D.C. at ICC to discuss it. Now is the time to plan how to eat throughout the holidays, as well as for everyday. Nutrition is what fuels your body. And, it is one of, if not the, most important pieces to a complete health & wellness puzzle!
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