Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen.
A very happy Tuesday to you all! I find myself writing this email in a small rush – for that I apologize. Big plans have been in the works on my personal time for several months now and today is (fingers crossed) the culmination of all that work. Less than two hours remain and I find myself getting jittery and nervous.
It is at times like this that I find it most important to fall back on the very basic principles we learn and share here. You see, I realize that many of the posts lately appear to be about everything BUT nutrition. However, have you ever stopped to figure out how much of your daily health is controlled by your basic non-food nutrition? I don't know of too many ways to put this, but here is a basic concept for you.
First, the definition:
1. the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.
2. the science or study of, or a course of study in, nutrition,especially of humans.
3. the process by which organisms take in and utilize food material.
4. food; nutriment.
5. the pursuit of this science as an occupation or profession.
Now, let's look at that. The ACT or PROCESS of nourishing or of being nourished. To me that sounds like anything that can and does have an effect on one's body. This would include, but not limited to: Sleep, activity, rest, play, food, emotions, and social activity. It is not until the third (and really, the fourth) line item that foodstuffs come into play.
There are some days that I claim to be a numbers guy. Today is not one of them – but I'll give you some basic ones to think about. How much of your daily health and well-being is controlled by food factors? We tend to use the 80 % rule here. How you feel, act, perform, and generally be is 80% derived from your nutrition. About 10% from your physical activity. Six percent from environmental factors. Two percent is genetic and 2 % is everything else. Eighty percent! Seems we should be talking a lot more about food, right?
Not so fast. How much of your day is taken up in the act of actually eating? Maybe 8 percent. If you're lucky. That's assuming you eat 3 meals a day and take a full 30 minutes to eat every morsel of that meal. I'm going to assume that most people take their meal and eat it in less than 10 minutes. Flat.
You sleep up to 33%. You work the same. Your social, emotional, and play factors in at the remaining 27 percent. So, if all of these factors make up your nutrition, then might it be just as important to cover the plethora topics that they include? I think so. How about you? Reply all or comment! I truly do want to hear your thoughts.
Nutrition Tip of the Day: Always start from the beginning. If you have had a bad day. Let's say you sucked down a pan full of brownies and chased it with a quart of ice cream… Yeah, you're going to feel it tomorrow. Heck – for those of you that have gone 30 days grain free – one small piece of toast will do it! Start again. Pick up, dust off your nutrition log, and get back to it. Square one. Re-dedicate yourself. Notice I said nothing about beating yourself up for the slip. Just move on. And start again.
Today we start again with a terrific guide from MDA on Cholesterol.
Workout of the Day: Play. For 30 minutes. Grab the kids, spouse, neighbor, who-ever and get outside. Be a kid again. Enjoy the sun, be amazed by the stars, dance in the moonlight. Just move. For 30 minutes.
To ends and new beginnings,