Let’s stop making food the enemy….

milk & bread  What is food?  For some, it represents comfort.  For others, it’s something to be savored and enjoyed.  And for many, it’s both protagonist & antagonist; the never-ending story of good vs. evil.

What is it to you?  Perhaps all of the above.

This is where being both nurse and personal trainer is more than a little helpful.

Food to me represents sustenance; systemic nourishment for the central, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, integumentary, reproductive, sympathetic & parasympathetic systems.

When you look at it from this standpoint, you take the pleasure vs. pain principle out of it.

Furthermore, food is ENERGY.  If you recall from 1st, maybe 5th grade, you know energy cannot be created or destroyed.  It can only be transferred.  Therefore, when you put that ENERGY into your body, how is it used?  Well, the above mentioned systems depend on it. Bone & muscle make or break on your choices.  Thinking & reasoning, how you respond in “fight or flight” mode, skin turnover, heart function, just to name a few derive energy from your intake.  Now, let’s add-on.

EXERCISE

As you know by now, exercise comes in a variety of packaging.  From cardio to strength, hot yoga to Pilates, boxing to ballet, there are myriads of ways to get moving.  One thing most of us take for granted (myself included), it the fuel needed to get us moving. 

The body is meant to be moved, true enough.  But if and only if, our PRIMARY systemic functions are satisfied.  I’m sure you’ve heard the adage “if you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  Your body says, “if you don’t eat, I don’t work.”  Of course there’s more to it than that.  Quality nutrients are needed, if you want to perform at an optimum level.  And that doesn’t just mean when you want to go all out at the gym. Which brings me to my next topic (s).

What is quality nutrition?  We all have our own, individualized take on this one.  And far be it from me to give definitive answers.  All I can do is give you my take.  My experience may be different from what the experts of the day may be touting.  In fact, it really is.

Working out isn’t working for me.  I haven’t dropped more than a few pounds.  There may be different reasons for this.  Will cover why this may be occurring.  Will also relate one of my client’s surprising finds why working out wasn’t working for him.

I can do this on my own.  DVDs, diet plans, and exercise online is plentiful.  You are so right.  Free advice, You-Tube videos, and diet plans abound.  How’s that working for you?

As you can see, this may take a while.  It’s definitely beyond the scope of one little post.  So stay tuned boys and girls.  And to quote the late, great Betty Davis, “fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

 

 

 

 

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