Reader Bill posted a comment the other day about how I viewed nutrition. This got me thinking a bit and so I threw together some graphics real quick to kind of show my idea of health.
Reminder: I am not a doctor or an expert… this is MY minds eye view of some of the aspects of health.
Coincidentally (or not), living by the Primal Blueprint does a pretty darn good job of addressing ALL of these things.
First is the 3 broad aspects of health in general.
Then comes 3 aspects of diet. Many people will try to focus on one being the important one… but really you need a focus on all 3 for optimal health.
- Calories ARE important. They represent the amount of fuel you consume for your body. Being in a calorie deficiency, balance or surplus does affect your weight and health.
- A calorie may be a calorie may be a calorie but that does not paint the entire picture. Some calories come accompanied with healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals while others do not. So eating 2000 calories of nutrient deficient grain is NOT equivalent to eating 2000 calories of meat, fruit and veggies. Think of it as watered down gas compared to rocket fuel. The same volume of each does not pack the same punch. The nutritional content of your food IS important. As an example… we know omega 3′s are important in relation to omega 6′s. This has nothing to do with calories but everything to do with health.
- Regulating hormones through diet is important as well. This is where we see the need for controlling insulin spikes and serotonin spikes. Hormones (insulin especially) are how your body decides what to do with the calories and nutrients you consume.
The last trifecta is for rest. Without rest and recovery your body will break itself down. Overtraining used to be one of my biggest problems and I see it in people day after day. The amount of work people are willing to put into something to not make any progress is sometimes astounding!
- Recover. You need active recovery time. This goes for both mental and physical. Mentally, ideally you need time to daydream or meditate… to gather your thoughts. Physically, you need time to rest your muscles and your body. You need physically relaxing activities to give your body a chance to relax and repair.
- Sleep. This is such an important aspect that is often overlooked. Your body goes through recovery processes while you are sleeping that it can not go through any other time. This is when much of the most important recovery for your body, both physical and mental occurs. You need enough sleep and you need proper deep sleep.
- Re-fuel. This one kind of falls into diet as well. Your body needs food to repair and replentish energy stores. It needs time to digest and process this food. re-fueling is another vital part of rest and recovery. (But… so is fasting! before some of you jump on me for that one lol)
What are your thoughts. Am I leaving anything out? Am I way off base on anything? Feel free to chime in.