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MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its simplest Form

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its Simplest Form

I've been doing a lot of talks lately about nutrition to a younger audience and have been trying to keep it basic and simple enough for them to recognize and understand how food fuels your body and why we need certain foods. And it got me thinking that adults probably could use this basic advice as a reminder as to why we should eat healthy and what purpose food serves.  

It occurred to me that in every day life, most people go about their day making choices about what they eat based on what sounds good to them at the time and they probably don't think about what that food is going to do for them and why they are eating it.  But if you really think about it, and break it down into its simplest form, food's purpose is to fuel our bodies and give us the energy, strength and endurance to proceed with daily tasks. And when you think about it in those terms, it really puts things into perspective when choosing what foods to eat.  

I explain to my kids all the time when they ask for sugary treats throughout the day, that treats are ok in moderation but in order to give our bodies the fuel we need to get through the day, accomplish tasks and be successful, and grow and develop, we need to provide our bodies with the nutrients, minerals and water it needs first. If we are filling our bodies with processed, or nutrient deficient foods then we have no room for the good foods that our bodies need to provide energy, grow, develop, strengthen, and maintain bodily functions. 

For example, when you wake up in the morning and are trying to decide what to have for breakfast, do you stop and think about what that particular food is going to do for you?  Will that bowl of Rice Krispies really fill you up for your long morning meeting?  Will that muffin really give you the energy you need to get through your workout?  I think if we were all a little more mindful about what we are eating and why, people might start to make different choices.  Sometimes all it takes is a little reminder!

What are your favorite nutrient packed foods or recipes?

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