Those of us who have gotten to our goals have learned how to eat nutritiously and choose foods and eat portions to support us.
Those who aspire to their goals are still learning how and why they do it.
Eating more nutritiously supports our health and well-being in more ways than one, especially as we age. Nutritious food supports the natural signs of ageing, far exceeding losing your keys and forgetting what you were about to say, slowing brain ageing, cognitive decline and stable blood sugar levels too.
Here are 10 benefits of eating nutritiously:
Improvements to digestion and possibly bloating.
Feeling ‘calm’ and ‘balanced’ over a ‘rollercoaster’ or ‘erratic’.
Improvements in sleep, waking up and daily energy.
‘Clarity’ in memory recall and ‘thinking’.
Lack of the 12-2 pm or 5-7 pm nap.
Discovering new foods and flavours.
New recipes, new skills and methods to prepare meals.
May help with improvements to joint pain or related health issues.
Helps get you strong and able to recover faster so workouts become easier.
Supplies the body with vitamins and minerals for hormones.
Fuel for the work required.
It’s very easy not to eat ultra-processed food (biscuits, crisps, chocolate) if you’re not starving.
No one is ever taking food away from you, always remember that.
It is okay, however, to be judgemental and say that this food is better than that food if you want to perform.
You will have more energy if you eat more vegetables and whole foods.
Vegetables provide us with vitamins, minerals and the nutrients we need to pull energy from them.
Ultra-processed foods (chocolate, crisps etc.) have them removed during processing and ‘added’ back.
Trust Mother Nature, not Mr Nestle.
If it rots, it has the ability to digest itself, that’s the food we want to eat more often.
Never shy away from wanting to eat better.
It is okay to say that performing well is something that you want to aspire to.
If you eat protein, you will be stronger.
Protein feeds muscle tissue but it also provides nutrients we need for energy metabolism and repair, which may help prevent injuries. Protein builds all structures in our bodies including teeth, bones, eyes, hair and nails as well as some hormones.
The modern food environment is very easy to overeat from.
Navigate it and get familiar with what is around to support you.
Spend as little time relying on willpower as possible and spend more time with the default environment setting the stage.
Whole food is best.
We eat more ultra-processed foods because initially, of course, they taste good, they are very low in nutrient density but we need nutrients so we take on more, we are wired to get protein and the protein in these foods is insufficient.
The less active we are the less sensitive our bodies are to feeling ‘full’.
“Satiety chemical signals” between our guts and our brain aren’t as active when we aren’t.
It’s never too late to begin.
Just like a back squat, you don’t walk into the gym on day 1 and squat 180 kg. Find your starting point, do the work there, increase the load and repeat. Nutrition is the same process.