Intro: When we were young, it was always told to us by our mothers to eat everything from fruits to green vegetables to get a complete nutritious diet. However, as the times have passed, eating disorders and unhealthy eating practices have made it clear that we need a reality check as to what we are eating and if it is enough to complete the nutritious needs of our bodies? Let us scratch the surface of the world of nutrition and righteous eating and learn how it impacts the term ‘Fitness’ as a whole.
Vitamins & Minerals ‘We Need it All’
Complete nutrition does not mean just scooping up protein and going to the gym but it means to nurture and honor every organ of your body. You might eat three times a day and still feel acidic or unhealthy because eating is not just stuffing up, it is ‘what you are eating in those meals’.
Our bodies need a mixture of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to cultivate the true potential of our bodies. Though, Indian food is quite diverse and contains a significant amount of nutritional components, it’s really important for us to understand the individual vitality of it.
Vitamins – Vitamins are organic substances made by plants or animals. Our bodies need a significant amount of vitamins to keep our organs healthy and working properly.
Vital-Vitamins – Vitamin A, C, D, E & K
Proteins – Protein is the source of all life, it is an essential part of all living organisms and is the most vital element that helps grow, heal and nurture. Everybody needs protein for survival, however, if chemically speaking; protein is mainly composed of amino acids which are organic compounds. They are the pillars on which protein sustains itself and transforms mass into muscle.
Sources of Protein – Seafood, White-Meat Poultry, Milk, Eggs, Pulses, Soy
Compact Solution – One of the most easy and beneficial ways to complete your protein count is to choose a protein powder. It is a solution that not only helps in easy digestion of protein but also will help you in completing your protein targets on difficult days.
Minerals – Minerals are inorganic elements that come from soil and water, and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals.
Types of Nutrition Minerals – calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulphur.
You Work More or Eat More?
Fitness is 70 per cent that we eat and 30 per cent goes to the exercising part. However, if we apply a bit of the statistics, a normal fitness seeker attends 6-7 training sessions in a week ie 7 hours of workout sessions in a week. Whereas, the same person eats 3 complete meals in a day added with two mini meals, these are not just meals but are opportunities to nurture our bodies with a balanced nutritional diet.
Another quote that fits the above scenario is ‘We are what we eat’ and all of us need to apply the same factor into our eating schedules. However, if you have had eating disorders then start to take it slow and start ‘Training your will, rather than testing it!
Fitness is a Lifestyle
Fitness is unlike any other hobby but is a lifestyle that you need to accept mentally. It’s a long fight between the eating and personal choices that we make in a day to achieve as to what we consider a fit body. That been said, still, nutrition does not undermine the value of exercise and the hard work we put in to reach the better half of ourselves. There is a thin line between attending the gym or following a nutritional diet and the need to be fit to better our mental, physical and overall growth.
It’s the balance that not only teaches us the true meaning of fitness, but guides us with a journey towards betterment as a whole.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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