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The recovery from Ian continues in Southwest Florida, and daily life is slowing returning to normal.
How do you plan your daily meals? Do you think in terms of macronutrients such as fat, carbohydrate and protein? Do you focus on micronutrients? Or do you focus on avoiding unhealthy foods and accept the rest will fall into place? With the hurricane recovery, I hear people say they don’t have time to eat in one sentence and then talk of snack foods in the next sentence.
What drives your nutrition decisions? I would offer the best nutrition plan is the one that provides the longest health span for an individual. But the health needs of a child versus an athlete versus an adult with a chronic illness might look differently. The same is true for what might be good to build muscle in a lean individual might not be so good in a patient with cancer.
That said feeding oneself does not have to be that difficult. Simple is best. Whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Only plants fix nitrogen that are vital to make proteins. Our gut microbiome is influenced heavily by what we choose to eat. It is also at the command center or our immune system. Fiber is needed to select a gut microbiome that is the healthiest. We all agree that excessive energy intake or excessive calories are at the root of most diseases secondary to metabolic waste accumulation. Movement and lifting heavy things are the key to muscle and bone building. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain all the macronutrients. Only the percentages change. Our bodies are very good at recycling and manufacturing what it needs without specific percentages at each meal. There is no natural food that is only one macronutrient and there is no one metabolic process that stands alone in the body without affecting another. Eat the rainbow and focus on minimally processed whole foods. You body will thank you.
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