It's a pretty simple word. But there are SO many meanings, interpretations and endless sources of information on it that it can become daunting and confusing to say the least. In this series, we are going to do our best to address many common "myths" that abound surrounding the topic of nutrition. Some of them may ring true, some may literally blow your mind... hopefully all will help demystify and simplify how you view the idea of "proper nutrition".
Let's start with the definition. Merriam-Webster defines nutrition as follows:
NUTRITION nu·tri·tion | \ nu̇-ˈtri-shən
1: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished
Specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant
takes in and utilizes food substances
For our purposes, we are going to define nutrition as that which relates to your body functioning optimally. I think we can all agree that, regardless what the latest "trend" is, proper nutrition can be looked at as a way to ensure your body functions at its best, thereby maintaining a state of wellness.
In this series, we are going to talk about "sciencey" things. We're not going to get into why low carb, or high fat, or paleo/keto/atkins, etc is the best option. We are going to address common assumptions or "truths" that we have been fed for decades and why it's time to bust those myths and drop a bomb on what we think we know to be true.
To prime your system for what is about to come, we'll start with one very real truth. If you learned what you "know" from a tv commercial or government agency, it's probably a lie (or at least only a partial truth) ?. The information that we have been fed since the beginning of the spread of information (which was a very VERY long time ago) has always had a specific agenda behind it. Either a government agency trying to support or spike a particular sector of industry, or a corporation/industry trying to spike sales. Be clear about one thing... that is a FACT, not an opinion or conspiracy theory. Much like researching what a Proposition stands for before you vote on it... it's important to look at the source of the information you are being given.
So if this is a topic that interests you... open your mind and stay tuned!