Let’s Talk Diet
Here we go again with the “d” word.. D I E T. I would honestly love to know what the word diet means to you in a comment below. It gets such a bad rap in today’s society, but from a Nutritional Therapy standpoint, it is a friendly word that we use often, and not in the way you think.
As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, the first thing I look at is your diet. I want to know what you are consuming daily, so I am able to link those foods, or the lack there of, to your top five health concerns. The six most essential nutrients to the human body are water, proteins, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients should come from a properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods diet. Unfortunately, many nutrients are commonly missed, resulting in diseases, mental health disorders, digestive issues, etc.
Many choose to forgo certain nutrients our bodies need, such as carbohydrates or fats, but little know how dangerous it is to do so. We need all six of those nutrients to maintain our optimal level of health, though, some individuals need more of one nutrient than the other. Que bio-individuality.
I have heard far too many stories from friends, loved ones, and acquaintances, telling me how unfair it is that they started a diet on the same day as their partner but have lost 1 pound, and their partner 10. Or how someone started adding apple cider vinegar into their diet to reduce bloating, when it ended up resulting in stomach pains. Or the worst of the worst, how some have tried extreme diets, such as going vegan, because their friend said it made them feel AMAZING, and now they are loosing their hair + dealing with anxiety for the first time in their life. This is all due to bio-individuality. You may need those carbs, meats, or fats you so quickly cut out of your diet. Or your digestive system may not have been ready to take on something as harsh as apple cider vinegar before healing it.
Everybody is different, pun intended. There is such beauty in that, and I love helping you figure out what is most desirable to your body when it comes to bio-individual needs.
BONUS: Nutrient roles in your body!
Roles of water: improves oxygen delivery to cells, removes waste, transports nutrients, flushes toxins, enables cellular hydration, moistens air for easier breathing, cushions bones and joints, regulates body temperature, absorbs shocks to joints and organs, improves cell-to-cell communication, prevents tissues from sticking, maintains electrical properties of cells, lubricates joints, and empowers our natural healing process
Roles of proteins (4 types + amino acids): enzymes are specialized protein molecules that act as catalysts for all biochemical processes, hemoglobin are red blood cells that deliver oxygen around the body, antibodies help fight infection and destroy foreign invaders, hormones regulate metabolism and nearly every key function in the body
Roles of amino acids: produces neurotransmitters, hormones, and muscles, plus regulates RNA + DNA
Roles of fats: provides energy, serves as a protective lining for organs, acts as building blocks for cell membranes and hormones, helps regulate energy absorption by slowing the absorption of food, aides in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K (fat-soluble vitamins), increases satiety (fullness), allows for proper use of proteins, and most importantly, makes food taste delicious!
Roles of carbohydrates: provides fuel for the brain, provides a quick source of energy for muscles, helps fight infections, promotes growth of body tissues, helps regulate protein and fat metabolism, lubricates joints, and provides a source of fiber which helps remove waste
Roles of vitamins: helps with metabolic processes, supports digestion, elimination, and immune function, supports tissue growth and vitality, and helps prevent deficiency related disorders + health problems
Roles of minerals: acts as cofactors for enzyme reactions, maintains proper nerve conduction, regulates serum pH, contracts and relaxes muscles, maintains osmotic pressure, regulates tissue growth, facilitates the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes, and provides structural + functional support