How does your nutrition taste?

Healthy Foods
Posted on: April 26, 2018

Natatia Gemmell
Functional Performance Fitness

Natatia Gemmell

Natatia Gemmell

Is the food you’re putting in your body hitting all the brain receptors leaving them ecstatic, but leaving you feeling bloated, lethargic and just overall terrible? This is what poor nutrition does. It makes your brain think very happy thoughts, but leaves your body with inflammation, constipation and headaches.

Although we are just getting over National nutrition month, this does not mean that we should stop being aware of our nutrition intake. If you didn’t pay much attention to nutrition awareness this past March, now would be a great time to learn about how to properly fuel your body. It’s important to put the food in your body that provides the nutrients it needs to grow and develop properly as well as keep your energy up and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. The guidelines to follow are to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, legumes and nuts. Per the Dietitians of Canada, you’ll want to include good sources of specific nutrients as well, particularly for females – calcium, iron, folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.

Start now. Include a protein, fruit and a vegetable in every meal. Snack on nuts and legumes. There are so many delicious recipes easily accessible online (and HERE!) to get you started. Your brain will respond just as ecstatically to a well-planned and cooked nutritious meal, as it will to that slice of pizza. And, your body will thank you for it by feeling satiated, full of energy and disease free.

Here are a few tips to make sure you are following a nutritious diet:

Plan & Shop Smart – start a meal planner and plan ahead BEFORE you go to the grocery store.

Cook Healthy – learn about and experiment with different flavor combinations – your taste buds will thank you!

Track Food Intake – there are a number of apps available that are easily downloaded to assist you.

Now, you may know that you are ready to get your nutrition in order but may feel overwhelmed by the task.  At Functional Performance Fitness we offer nutrition programs, where you will learn what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. We will take a look at your current nutritional choices and learn how to turn those choices into healthy and nutritious choices. Find out more about our Nutrition Program and be sure to ask us any questions!