Myth Busting: All You Need To Know About Diet And Nutrition
The topic of diet and nutrition are perhaps at the forefront of lifestyle discussions on blogs, video content, info-graphics, podcasts, and just about any digital media content you can think about worldwide. Unsurprisingly, with much discussion often comes some truth along with a lot more misconceptions. As such, the task now becomes separating the facts from fiction – which is exactly what we will be doing today in our article. Keep reading.
What really is a diet?
Contrary to popular belief, a diet is not something that you just go on. Instead, your diet, by definition speaks to the food you eat daily. In other words, if we are eating, we have (or are on) a diet. That said, not every diet is nutritious or good for you. This is where nutrition becomes an integral part of the diet equation. While diet is technically anything you eat, nutrition speaks to the quality of what it is we eat. As such, paying attention to your diet is only as useful as the attention you pay to your general and specific nutritional needs and requirements.
Here’s How You Should ‘Diet’
As is the case with most things in life, a one-size fits all approach to nutrition and diet is not usually effective or recommended. For starters, we are all in different states of health and our nutritional and lifestyle needs differ one to another. Therefore, what may work for one person, simply may not work for another. Still, there are general nutrition rules that apply even if they are tweaked to suit the individual. We take a closer look at these using the point below:
- Cut processed foods
Generally speaking, the more natural and organic the foods you eat are, the better they will be for you. As such, it is always recommended that you opt for non-processed foods to comprise most of your dietary intake and stay away from processed and refined foods that tend to be high in sodium, trans-fats, sugars, and other undesirables. This simple change can do wonders for your nutrition.
- Cut sugars and salts
The recommendation to cut sugars and salts is separated from the recommendation above because some non-processed foods can be just as high in sodium and sugars as some processed foods. As such, cutting back on or being mindful of your sugar and salt intake will mean taking a second look at all the non-processed and processed foods you consume and seeing where changes need to be made.
- Increase fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that the body needs to function at optimum levels. As such, it is highly recommended that these foods be included in your diet regularly. Again, it is recommended that you go organic as the nutrition value is higher. In addition to increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing your sources of lean proteins is also good for your general nutrition.
- Increase water intake
This final nutrition tip is one that is often overlooked when overhauling one’s diet, but it is so important. The body itself is made up of mostly water and yet it is the one thing we lose so much of throughout the day through excretion, exhaling, and other normal bodily functions. As such, it helps to take active steps to replenish it – starting with the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. A good way to ensure that you get enough water in the diet is to carry around a water bottle. Not only will it remind you to drink more water, but when you are nudged to do so, the water you need will be right on hand.