It’s hard to comprehend how far food has ‘evolved’ from nutrition! A while ago our youngest daughter had a friend over and had prepped a beautifully scrumptious fruit salad, we started tucking in when her friend asked ‘But what food are we going to eat?’ 

I asked ‘Don’t you like fruits?’
and she said ‘Yeah but fruits aren’t food are they!!!’

The ‘food’ she went on to describe were crisps, biscuits, chocolate, toast and chips. All pretty tasty, but woefully lacking nutrients to supply the body with any of its requirements.

 

So what is ‘food’?

 

Well nowadays ‘Food’ has become anything that is edible. It’s a bit like living in a back to front, topsy-turvy world at times when ‘edible food-like substances’ as Michael Pollan describes them are simply referred to as food, but to describe real food we have to use the term ‘organic’ and think in terms of nutrition! 

I’ve set about ‘unlearning’ many things over the years, and these relatively new paradigms about ‘food’ are one of them simply because they are a massive step backward in terms of our wellbeing.

Something as simple as paying attention to my own language around the vital subject of food, questioning what food is and using the word nutrition in place of food started to affect change; because although these may just seem like words, these words create feelings and actions that ultimately determine such matters as whether we’ll be sick or healthy, bouncing with energy or lethargic from dusk to dawn or showing signs of aging before our time!

So What Is Nutrition?

 

Nutrition is whole food. It grows naturally and has not been formulated or manipulated in a laboratory.

Nutrition provides vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and enzymes – all of the building blocks to allow our bodies to function optimally.

Furthermore, nutrition is a useful term because it is not ambiguous. If I walk into the kitchen and say what nutrition should I eat, my brain automatically starts to consider what can provide me with nutrients!

 

So Why Don’t We Eat Nutrition?

 

  • Convenience 
  • Time factors 
  • It’s become normal
  • Not understanding how the body works or what it needs

Some don’t like preparing nutrition at home to eat, others are so busy that it’s a challenge and the convenience of take-aways or pre-packed foods wins out every time. But the other thing I’ve found is that people have become completed disconnected what our bodies need to work well.

 

Have We Been Conditioned To Think Illogically? 

 

 Just as far removed as we have come from thinking of real food as food, is as remote as we have become in our thinking from associating what we eat to being connected in any way to how we feel or function on a day to day basis.  

When someone gets a headache we are conditioned to think of a painkiller to take not to think why is my head hurting:

  • Is my body trying to tell it’s in desperate need of hydration (have I had enough (or any) water to drink today)?
  • Have I been exposed to any environmental stressors?
  • Did I get enough sleep?

When a checkup with your GP reveals that you have high blood pressure, somehow we have been convinced to believe that it is due to a lack of a prescribed blood pressure medication, but not to consider stress factors, sedentary lifestyle or deficiency in essential nutrients such as potassium!

Surely logical reasoning would have us consider why something is happening!

 

Live Healthy By Design or Sick By Default

  To eat is a necessitybut to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucauld 

Yes, all sorts of ‘edible food-like substances’ are readily available to eat and in addition, we’ve had decade upon decade of conditioning that over time and with deliberate persistence has convinced us that these substances are food.

Some we can even acknowledge that they have zero nutritional value, but we rarely consider that they actually cause us harm!
These substances put pressure on our body systems as they attempt to digest and assimilate these substances that are empty of everything except calories. They also have to mount attacks sending out white blood cells to deal with the dangerous toxicities introduced, as well as having to store the excess calories that are not used as fat.
This requires
 copious amounts of energy that could otherwise be used for repairing, energising and rejuvenating our bodies.

 

 

Our habits dictate what our lives are like, and that is irrespective of whether the habits are beneficial or not. Unhealthy habits will create an unhealthy you just the same as establishing healthy habits will create a healthy you.  

First you create the habit, then the habit creates you.

 

8 Health Habits Worth Creating

1. Shift your vocabulary – use the word nutrition to replace food, it’s hard to convince yourself that any old crap is nutritious!

5. Develop a habit of hydrating daily with drinking pure water – did you know that a hunger pang can often mean we need hydration, so drink a glass of water first to check!

2. Invest time to learn about what our most precious bodies need in terms of nutrition. 6. Juice green leafy vegetables – it’s easy to boost your nutrient intake this way.
3. Start a food diary – Observe why you are eating – is it to nourish your body or simply to feel full? 7.  Juice fresh fruits – it’s a delicious and healthy way to replace fizzy and pasteurised juices that are loaded with sugar/sweeteners but not much else.
4 Plan what you (and your family) will eat each week, including snacks – waiting until you’re hungry is a recipe for disaster as any food-like substance will do! 8. Consume mostly vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and enzymes.

Sophia Michel is Co-Author of the upcoming book Energized Anyway, an Independent Health Researcher, Health & Happiness Coach, Writer, College Lecturer, Electro-Mechanical Technician, Wife and Mother to three daughters.
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