Here at Nutrition Transition, we’ll help you change your nutrition program (if you have one), to one that is informed and helps support your nutrition objectives. Whatever your objectives, whether they are extreme nutrition, weight loss nutrition, or just plain better nutrition, we’ve got information to help you make those changes.
Before we start, what is your idea of a nutrition definition?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Nutrition is the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically : the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances.
So, it’s not only about what we eat, it’s about how our bodies process it. And for efficient processing, your body needs to be in peak condition. Yes, if you haven’t spotted it yet, the two things go together – a ‘virtuous circle’. As you feed your body better food and improve your condition, your body makes better use of that food, and so on. It makes sense right?
One more thing we must mention. This site provides information about nutrition, in good faith. We are not doctors, and you should not make changes to your nutrition without consulting your doctor. We don’t know who you are – you may be an Olympic Athlete, or you may be severely ill. We just don’t know, so please read our Disclaimer Page.
So, let’s get started. We’ll cover some nutrition basics here, then our other pages will fill out more of the details. First, we’ll cover food, then body condition.
Food – Nutritional Value, Quality and Freshness
Let’s look at the basic food groups, food quality (and by that we mean nutritional value), and its freshness. Did you know that you can eat plenty of good quality food and still be down on your nutrition level? It’s true. That’s because to have a proper nutrition program, you have to have food from all the food groups, in balanced quantities. These food groups are:
Grains; Fruits; Vegetables; Milk and Milk products; Lean meats, poultry and fish; Nuts, seeds and legumes. Water is also a food group, as it is necessary for the body to survive.
The quality of food depends on its source and its freshness. Food which is not organic has been treated with chemicals alien to our genetic development (and should therefore be avoided), factory processed foods also have chemical additives, and the processing removes or degrades nutritional value. As food loses its freshness, then the nutrients in it degrade in quality, or react with other ingredients, reducing its nutritional value.
If you are here to improve the quality and balance of your nutrition, then you may need to consider an exercise program to improve your body’s condition – to get all your organs and systems working efficiently – from the way you breathe (our bodies need oxygen to burn fuel), to the way your kidneys flush out waste. It’s not about being able to run a marathon, it’s about getting your 180 lbs (or whatever) of muscle, fat and water (we’re 70-75% water, by weight), to process those nutrients and ensure that you nutrition program is giving you the results you want – the best of health and perhaps some weight loss.