Nutrition By Addition

So as a Spokane, nutritionist, I want to talk today about a brand new approach to eating healthy. Typically in the space, most people think about eating healthy as a diet. But what is a diet? And of course we’re talking about capital D diet. Small D diet typically refers to anything that a person needs. But capital D diet, that’s going to be the keto diet, or South Beach diet, whole 30 diet, all of these different diets.

Although they seem like they’re different. They do have one major theme that runs throughout the center of them. Oftentimes, when we talk about diet, we talk about elimination restrictions and deprivation. We talk about less. When I talk about nutrition actually, I want to take the opposite approach. As a Spokane nutritionist, I talk about nutrition by addition.

You see your whole body every single cell of your body is made up of food. It is made up of little different nutrients, and we get that from food. Right. So if you think about your muscles, your muscles you’ve heard made out of protein. Your brain is made out of fat, your nervous system made out of fat, your hormones made out of fats, your your energy supply made out of carbohydrates, right everything in your body is made out of food. Every function powered by vitamins and minerals that we get from food. Every time you eat, you’re adding new resources that your body gets to repurpose into every cell and every function of its being.

Food is life.

And so when we eat we get to add more resources and more life to our to our existence. And this is why I focus on nutrition by addition. I want you to add those resources. I want you to act I want you to add resources. I want you to add vitality. I don’t want you to deprive restrict or eliminate and I know this is a different approach. You’ve often been told to have to cut back on calories, cut back on carbs, cut out the sugar, but I want you to add I want you to add vitality.

And when I work with clients on nutrition as a Spokane nutritionist is I work on adding different habits throughout the day. And throughout each meal, we want to focus on different things that we add as well. So at meals we typically talk about foods as if they’re three categories. So you’re going to add protein to your meal, you’re going to add some source of carbohydrates that’s going to add more energy to your day. You’re going to also add plants that’s your richest source of vitamins and minerals. So you’re going to add three different categories of food that are going to add a lot of resources and a lot of nutrients and a lot of vitality to your day.

So that’s one step is that each plate that we eat each day we’re looking to add three things, but throughout the day, we’re also looking to add a few eating times right we’re looking to add three meals in a snack to ensure that we get a sufficient amount of nutrients throughout the day and a sufficient amount of energy throughout the day. We’re also going to want to add in a couple of complimentary habits. You’re going to want to add in good hydration. Every transport in your body goes through the circulatory system and the greatest compound in the circulatory system is water. You’re going to want to stay hydrated so that the body can make all of the transports that it needs in order to promote the best health you can have. You want to add hydration as a daily nutritious habit. And then we also want to add meal timing. I’ve focused with my clients about adding in the right timing between meals, not because it’s anything special physiologically but because it can do a lot for managing energy levels and managing behavior. So when we add in the right meal timing, we can add in more vitality throughout the day. And we can focus on adding this the right amount of nutrients.

Now, one thing that we do want to talk about is the old fashioned approach to diets, the ones that deal with deprivation and restrictions and eliminations. What that does really really well is it controls total consumption when you over consume on resources. It does impact your waistline it does impact your fat stores it does impact your health. So even though food is good for us, even though food is resources and we want to have resources, we don’t want to over consume to the position to the point of of harming ourselves. So we also want to add a portion control to our habits. And within each category I usually coach my clients on how much of each category do we want to consume per meal and this is usually done with a hand Reference Guide. An example and this is variable depending on different goals, but a basic starting point might be for protein. We want to look at adding a palm and a half to two poems worth of protein to your meal. That’s gonna ensure that you’re getting a sufficient amount of protein to help with your immune system to help with your muscular system and to help with a lot of other things. Protein I believe has eight to nine functions in the body. So we do want to make sure that we’re consuming and that we can also add good portions in the other two categories as well. But ultimately, what I want you to leave you with is as a Spokane nutritionist, I want to focus on nutrition. By addition. I don’t want you to be fearful of food. I don’t want you to be restrictive around food. I want you to add food, add resources and add vitality to your days. And if you’re looking for some guidance on nutrition yourself, you can book a a call with a holistic coach at this link right here.

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