You’ve heard the saying before- you are what you eat. But some people say why would I want to be a bland vegetable rather than a delicious jelly donut? The answer is not as simple as taste.
Without going into great scientific detail, the body is made up of every nutrient through the food we eat. Think of it, nutrients needed to support the development and function of your red blood cells are the nutrients folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, iron and copper. When it comes to our skin, we can sometimes tell what someone’s diet is like just by what is going on with their skin. Nutrients important to maintain healthy looking skin include vitamins C,E,A,K, the B vitamins not to mention all the phytochemicals, water and protein that come into play here. Your hair is made primarily of protein but needs iron, zinc and biotin to stay healthy. To name a few of the bone building materials I’d say vitamins D, K, C, A and the minerals calcium and phosphorus as well as protein and omega 3 fatty acids top the list. I could go on and on with each body part and body process but I’ll spare you’re the details. I often get asked how is my skin so clear, or how is my hair so shiny and although genetics plays a role in this as well, my answer is always MY DIET!!!
Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein will provide you with all of the nutrients for your body to perform all its many jobs. A jelly donut on the other hand is made out of refined white flour that has been stripped of all its nutrients, processed high fructose corn syrup and a bunch of saturated fat. What your left with is a food item devoid of any nutrient. Nothing to keep your red blood cells delivering oxygen to your body, nothing to keep your skin healthy and glowing, your hair shiny or your bones strong.
Now you may stop reading here because you don’t want to be stripped of your jelly donut – but let me tell you what I’m all about. There is no reason that you can’t treat yourself with a jelly donut every once in a while but the basis of your diet should include a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains delivering your body all the nutrients it needs to keep you energized, healthy and strong.
Why am I different?
You will find an overwhelming amount of nutrition information on the internet. You will find an overwhelming amount of people trying to sell you supplements, diet pills, diet plans. So why am I different? Not only am I a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 6 years of higher education but I’ve been where you are. Everything I post I live every day. You may look at my pictures and think she’s not overweight- she has probably never had a weight issue or she doesn’t have a six pack and she’s not as muscular as I’d like to be but the truth is I’m real and I’m healthy. I was not gifted with the genetics of a high metabolism- In fact just the opposite. I fight the battle of making sure I keep my weight at a healthy level every day. Do I cheat and eat a jelly donut? Absolutely! But 90% of the time I’m making sure I’m providing my body with food that is full of the nutrients it needs to get its job done and boy do I feel good! I feel healthy and strong! With this blog I want to help you feel healthy and strong as well!
So tell me what are you made of?