When was the last time you ate something because it was “good for you”? Do you ever actually think about what you eat? What the foods can do to your body (both in a positive and negative way) You obviously eat it because it tastes good, no? But do you every eat an avocado because you know that is good for lowering cholesterol and it has more potassium than a banana? Probably not (if you said yes well done!), and that’s why we have nutritionists (or a nutritionist student in this case).
In the past, I never gave a damn of what I ate – well yes of course from time to time I had a “healthy meal”, just because I thought it was time to take a break from all the pizzas and kinder eggs. But a lot of people still do this, and we shouldn’t. We should stop focusing on all different fad diets and start focusing on eating food that the body needs, that the body wants.
When you study what I study and work in the field of nutrition, it becomes a habit, but also a need for look up what kind of nutritious benefits foods contain. Might sound like a hassle to you – but I, I love it.
Today I chose to have a chicken salad for lunch – mainly because that was all I had in the fridge, but also because I chose to have nutrient dense food in the fridge too.
This salad provided me with these nutrients:
Chicken: Protein, Vit B3, Selenium, B6, Phosphorous, Choline, Pantothenic Acid, B12
Avocado: Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vit B5, B6, Vit E, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vit A, B1, B2, B3, monosaturated fat, protein, fibre
Cherry tomatoes: Vit C, Biotin, Molybdenum, Vit K, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Fibre, Vit A, B6, B3, Folate, Phosphorus, B1, Vit e, Magnesium, Chromium, Iron, Zinc, CholineProtein,
Leafy Greens: Vit K, Vit A, Manganese, Vit C, Fibre, Calcium, Choline, B2, B6, Iron, Copper, Vit E, Magnesium, Protein, Phosphorus, Omega-3 fats, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, B3, B1, Potassium
That’s a lot of good stuff right there! And they all provide different benefits to your body!
Next time – look up your meal and see what that food group is actually good for. By doing this you will by default start to make healthier choices. I promise you.