I’m really excited to start 2018 off with a focus on Nutrition.
I watched a lot of health documentaries on Netflix in 2017. Most of them were about food. (I also LOVED the Crossfit Games documentaries.) The food documentaries really opened my eyes, and while Canada does have different standards then the US, I still learned a lot about what’s in our food, or what’s hiding in our food.
This month we are going to focus on Nutrition in a number of ways, whether that’s sugar intake, water intake, macros/micros, recipes, etc. I want us to learn how we can best nourish our bodies, because that’s what nutrition is all about – nourishment!
One thing I learned in 2017, was that even when we think we are making the healthier choices, sometimes companies are sneaky with the nutritional content. For example, low-fat/low-cal items are often packed with sugars/salts to improve the taste. Boxed cereals and granola bars are a good example, take a look at the sugar content next time you reach for the box! We’ll talk about this later in the month too.
I also want us to think about over-nutrition, or the excess intake of food, usually it’s tied to regular consumption of excess calories, fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol. This is what makes us overweight. Continuously eating more then necessary. I don’t mean over-indulging during the holidays either. I mean consistently making poor food choices and eating more then is necessary.
Another thing we should be thinking about while we learn about nutrition is the quality of a calorie. 100 calories of chips is not the same as 100 calories of sliced carrots. This is really important to keep in mind if you plan on doing any sort of calorie counting, all calories are not created equal.
I’m really excited about this month’s focus word and I hope you are too! Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any comments or suggestions!