April 6, 2022

Prioritizing a Healthier Diet


When things in our lives get extremely busy, it can be easy to put our health to the side. Some of us stop eating or tend to eat more because of stress. We often resort to things we deem fast to eat, often junk food rather than eating vegetables or fruits.  


Nutrition is the science that studies the relationship between foods for optimal health and performance. Good nutrition is linked to overall health and wellbeing. It is important to understand how eating well can be linked to overall wellbeing and productivity.


There are essential nutrients that are required for our survival: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are known as the "fuel" nutrient that helps us function and give us energy. It also contributes to calories by the foods we eat, including carbs, fats, and protein. Whereas micronutrients have to do with our vitamins, minerals, and water intake, they are also vital for our bodies to function.  


It is important not only to understand the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients but to be intentional about including them in our diets. Every person varies regarding their needs on macronutrients and micronutrients based on age, gender, and health. Therefore, it is important to be intentional about your eating choices and prioritize more simple foods in your diet, like choosing an apple with peanut butter for a snack rather than a bag of chips.  


When it comes to making changes to our diet, we don't have to make extreme and quick changes; rather, we can slowly integrate good foods and slowly take out things that aren't so fruitful to our bodies. Personally, I often want to make huge changes in my diet, and I tend to completely remove certain foods, which makes it really hard to maintain that daily. However, having a goal to minimize my intake of certain foods is a better approach.  



Nutrition Basics  


Zaemelys is a psychology intern at Thaddeus Resource Center, currently graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.