As we dig into the topic of good nutrition this week, it’s important to remember that we are looking at how what you eat relates to all the elements of your health, not just performance in the gym or how your jeans fit. Good nutrition can positively affect your mood and energy, lower risk of disease, improve sleep quantity and quality, and make you feel and look your best. But it’s different for everyone and as we go down the winding road of good nutrition it’s important to remember some things.
What you eat matters. And that is different for everyone. There are so many ways to determine what your optimal diet may include from expensive blood tests to simple short-term elimination plans. But if you’re truly interested in being your best it’s a smart move to make sure the foods you’re eating are right for you.
Where your food comes from matters. All meat and vegetables are not created equal. Knowing the source of your food is never easier than it is in Portland and making choices to buy well-sourced food not only supports amazing, often local, businesses but increases the positive affects a healthy diet has for you, while negating some of the harmful by-products of mass farming practices.
Being consistent matters. How and when you prepare your food can make a big difference in adherence to good nutrition practices. If you rely on eating out a lot, you’ll have a tougher time making good decisions as you have much less control over some of the items we’ve already discussed. Planning, preparation and priorities all come into play here. It’s harder to eat well, no doubt. Is it worth it to you?
Meal delivery companies can make a big difference in many cases. Lists, recipes, meal plans and family support can make a big difference. And setting tangible goals with your trainer can make a big difference. We all need sparks to resist temptation sometimes, so attach what you eat to the things that are most important to you–they are related. Hyatt Training is a delivery site for both Stella’s Kitchen and My Fit Foods.
Bottom line, good nutrition isn’t a choice you make sometimes, it’s a lifestyle that permeates through so many things you do. Being informed, educated and well supported can lead to major improvements in what you eat and how you feel as a result.
Author Jeremy Hyatt is a personal trainer and co-owner of Hyatt Training. He believes it’s important to start with the basics and move from there. Too often, people get into complicated movements and goals before they have the proper fundamentals, which can lead to negative results.
Hyatt Training is a collective of certified, enthusiastic and innovative personal trainers in Portland, Oregon.