Nutritional wellbeing

Nutritional wellbeing is the state of one's physical and mental health as a result of their diet and nutritional intake. It is an essential aspect of our lives, and it can significantly impact our overall health and wellbeing.

Unfortunately as much as you’d like for me to say otherwise - there are no shortcuts with food and nutrition as a major pillar in your holistic health. I know we all lead busy lives in 2023 and it can be extremely convenient to overlook our diet in moments of weakness and opt for something fast like a processed snack. One too many snacks and the next thing you know, you’re spiralling and falling off your diet completely. Perhaps it’s this very consistency that you struggle with and believe me you wouldn’t be the first person to struggle with this one but it is important to know that this can all be changed.

The below strategies are what I use to this day for extremely effective results to keep your diet and nutritional consumption in check:

Portion Control

By practising portion control, we can avoid overeating, which leads to weight gain and other health problems.

If one of your main goals is to lose weight and add muscle focusing on portion control can truly turn your life around.

Eating smaller portions will help regulate your blood sugar levels, reduce risk of heart disease, and improve our digestion. Say goodbye to bloating and feeling uncomfortable after meals. Not to mention that portion control can help you save money on food costs in this current difficult economy. You should also feel a sense of pride and that you’ve played your part for the environment as food waste is one of the biggest problems speeding up climate change.

Balanced Meals

Let's say your fitness goal is to build muscle. A balanced meal that includes a good source of protein, such as chicken or tofu, healthy carbohydrates like brown rice or sweet potato, and healthy fats like avocado or nuts, can help provide your body with the nutrients it needs to support muscle growth and recovery.

The protein will help repair and build new muscle tissue, the carbohydrates will provide energy for your workouts, and the healthy fats will help with absorption of key vitamins and minerals.

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is all about being present and fully engaged with your food. It is a simple but powerful practice that can help us develop a healthier relationship with food. Examples of the benefits this can have for you:

  1. Better digestion: When we eat mindfully, we tend to eat more slowly and chew our food more thoroughly, which can improve digestion and reduce digestive discomfort.
  2. Improved portion control: Mindful eating can help us tune into our body's natural hunger and fullness cues, which can help us eat the appropriate amount of food for our bodies
  3. Reduced stress: Mindful eating can help us reduce stress and anxiety by allowing us to be present in the moment and connect with our bodies.

Intermittent Fasting

There are several different methods of intermittent fasting, but the most common involve fasting for a certain number of hours per day or for a full 24-hour period.

This is a trending topic - the reason being that more and more studies are emerging which point to the huge benefits behind this practise and although this isn’t for everyone, it has the power to significantly change your life. 

Not to mention that intermittent fasting has been shown to increase autophagy, which is the body's natural process of breaking down and recycling damaged cells. By promoting autophagy, intermittent fasting prevents the accumulation of damaged cells and reduces the risk of age-related diseases. Many longevity researchers can’t stop talking about this!

Meal Planning

If you're ready to start feeling your best, consider working with me to create a meal plan that supports your goals and helps you live your best life.

A general guideline for a balanced meal plan would include:

  • Lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, tofu, or legumes
  • A variety of colourful fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat bread
  • Healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, or olive oil

I know each person is different and when constructing a meal plan we will work to make it super flexible around your type of lifestyle so this can reap sustainable results and practises for you.

Transform Your Life with Gary Ousby, Your Health & Lifestyle Coach