Fuel your body the nutrition it needs and deserves.
Nutrition is the fuel source of the body and while we all know this, it’s not always easy to comprehend at times.
I’ve always been really interested in nutrition and more recently in the last few years I completed a diploma of nutrition and dietetics for personal trainers as I’m also a qualified personal trainer.
I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food though.
As a teenager I had a very unhealthy relationship with it. guilt, shame, binge eating, and a junk food addiction were a major part of my lifestyle and I was overweight as a teenager.
Even though I grew up eating healthy home cooked meals my mum made I turned to junk food and unhealthy ways of eating.
When I was 19 I went to my mum and told her that I wanted to go on a diet and lose weight for real. She said to me, well that will be up to you won’t it Kathryn. The best thing she could have ever said to me.
I’d tried all types of diets and none of them really worked so she offered to get me some sessions with a dietician and that started me on my journey of learning more about food and nutrition.
The good news was I ended up losing 16 kg. I cut out butter and cheese from my diet at the time and started eating a lot healthier as I was learning about the nutritional value of foods.
It wasn’t always easy and I actually ended up putting the weight back on but I did lose it again and I’ve always been committed to exercise and learning more about healthy eating. I however know how hard it can be to lose the weight and how challenging some of those emotions are that come with it.
The pandemic was an interesting time as I probably ate a bit more of the foods I wouldn’t normally eat or those I consider treat type foods during Lockdown in Melbourne. However I was still pretty happy with how I tackled the experience and didn’t put any pressure to be excersicing and eating perfectly as there was a whole other mental and emotional component we were all experiencing to get through it.
I also have an emotional relationship with food, I’m an emotional eater. If I’m experiencing difficult emotions I often turn to foods to comfort me. This is something that overtime has also improved through my understanding of and learning about healthy eating.
I will be talking more about nutrition in further posts as I think it’s so important and really impacts our health in a major way.
It wasn’t until I did my nutrition for dietetics and personal trainers diploma that I learnt that food was the fuel source of the body. I mean really I should’ve known this but who really teaches us this stuff at home growing up.
I mean Nutrition really should be taught in schools as it is such an important thing for all of us to learn.
With the world becoming bigger and unhealthier and food companies pushing their own agendas and profits over nutrition it’s clear we need something to change.
It really became apparent during the course and it was like a mindset shift for me as we had to create eating plans for athletes who were preparing for and recovering from competitions as part of our homework.
It made me see the foods that I eat in a new light and helped me gain a greater understanding of food and the support that it gives to the body.
Fuelling your body with nutritional foods is one of the most loving, kind and nurturing things that you can do for yourself in my opinion.
Cooking nutritious meals and eating and sharing them with your loved ones, family and friends and yourself is a beautiful thing that we can do for ourselves each day.
I’m not the greatest cook and I don’t always want to cook but over the years I’ve learnt to enjoy cooking and stick to my strengths.
Salads and cooking fairly basic but nutritional foods are my forte and I must say I do enjoy it. What I really enjoy is also knowing that I’m giving myself good nutrition.
I think everyone deserves to fuel their body with nutritious food not just because of the fact that our body needs nutrients for optimum health but also because we deserve it.
It’s really sad that people in the world are suffering from malnutrition particularly in this day and age. I saw the save the children ad on TV the other day and I used to support them and I’m going to sign up and do so again because it was really sad to realise that not everyone is able to give themselves the nutrition that they deserve.
I hope you can do a loving thing for yourself each and every day by eating highly nutritious healthy whole foods, with fewer chemicals that really go to support your body mind, soul and well-being.
Adios Amigos (Goodbye Friends)