Intro Post: My Nutrition Perspective
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When I was in grade 7, I wrote my speak-offs speech about nutrition and healthy living. For my 16th birthday, one of my best friends gave me a book called "Superfoods." I continued to see lovingly raised eyebrows from my friends and family as they watched me cook and enjoy "weird" foods. Sooo what I'm getting at here is that I've always been super passionate about nutrition and healthy living. Now, not to say I was always a fit and healthy person my entire life - because that's not exactly true either. I've def gone through my own bouts of motivation and not-so-much motivation. But what I've learned throughout my own wellness journey is that consistency is most important, and that lifestyle changes you can actually adapt long-term will show you results. Although my thoughts & overall knowledge about these topics have definitely changed throughout the years, I've always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, not just depending on some quick fix diet.
When it comes down to it, nutrition is a science. And because science is generally not based on absolute truths, many "facts" that were once accepted (claims that the Earth was flat, for example) get reevaluated and scrapped, whether it's days or centuries later. The same is true with nutrition claims.
With this in mind, it's important to note that nutrition is always changing from one day to the next due to seemingly endless scientific studies. This is exemplified in mainstream media alllll the time, "red meat is an excellent source of saturated fats, yay bacon!" ...the next day... "Nah just kidding, it causes cancer." While these studies are super beneficial they can also be very confusing. It's important to do your own research and be aware of hidden (often money-motivated) agendas of huge companies within the food industry. I'd definitely recommend taking a look at some trusted documentaries to gain a broader perspective and then make your own decisions accordingly.
All of this to say that while I may have my own opinions about what a healthy diet consists of (and you probably do too), I will always back up my content with the latest scientific findings and studies from credible sources I trust. I legit find nutrition so interesting that it's actually fun for me to research new findings! *nerd emoji*
Oh! Also, speaking from a metabolic perspective, it's important to note that every body is soo different. What works for your friend, may not work as well for you. You may have certain food sensitivities, allergies, reactions etc. so that's why I don't really believe that a "one diet fits all" plan exists.
While I don't strictly focus on one specific diet in particular, you can expect to see a variation of the traditional ketogenic diet, focusing on lower carb/healthy fat recipes. I say “variation” because I like to limit dairy as much as possible, eat plenty of veggies and greens and I do not consume the traditional amount of red meats that a strict keto person would. As an example, I love the books Keto-tarian and Gunius Life by Max Lugavere, as well as his overall nutrition perspective. I try to utilize the most nutrient-dense and healthy ingredients as possible, with a goal of decreasing added sugars as much as possible. I believe that optimal health starts with nourishing your body with whole, natural foods. This not only serves as a preventative measure in disease and illness, it makes you feel like this. Seriously.
Here are some tips for you to consider:
– Being healthy isn’t all or nothing. There’s no need to over-complicate things by tirelessly counting calories, weighing out your food, etc. While this can be a great learning tool in helping understand portion control, it's more important that you stick to the basics by choosing foods that come straight from the earth, minimizing as many packaged/artificial items as possible.
– It’s not all about food —take a day for yourself every once in a while to go do something you enjoy.
– When it comes to reading labels, concentrate on the ingredient lists. You wanna be able to pronounce all ingredients listed and choose packaged items with the fewest amount of ingredients possible.
– Load your plate with all the colors that veggies provide!
- Accept that it takes time, patience and consistent hard work to get results. If it were super easy - everyone would do it. Make a point to show up every day and be a better version of yourself tomorrow.
– Make it a point to be active every damn day. Check out new fitness classes!
– And lastly, take care of your body by fueling it with wholesome, nutrient-dense foods.
Guilt-free, nutritious deliciousness is my main goal here! Go ahead and explore my recipe section and make your own creation - also, be sure to share the love and tag me (@holistichollie) on Instagram so I can see!!