There are a lot of opinions about what’s healthy and not when it comes to optimal nutrition. The vast amount of diets, guidelines, recommendations, 5 a days are almost like doctrines trying to push through their own agendas.
This cult-like war has caused a lot of contradictions and makes the ordinary person paralyzed. There is so much to choose from and because of the importance it has on our overall well-being the decision must not be made light-heartedly. We must protect our body and make our way through this jungle of nonsense.
Diet plans are more than ways of eating. They’re also the reflection of the guru’s beliefs and dogmas which is fine but at the same time it’s subjective and not universal.
What I intend to do next is define optimal nutrition for what it truly is. I’m going to look at it as objectively as possible and come up with the characteristics that need to be met. The purpose is to see what lies beyond the curtain and understand the innate truth behind the veil.
Defining optimal nutrition.
Nutrition is a pretty broad concept. Basically, it’s the fuel we use to nourish ourselves with and support our activities. It’s the most important thing for health. Our food can either boost our vitality or call a disease upon us.
Optimal nutrition will not make us adequately healthy or just enough but instead takes a step beyond that and grants us access to the highest levels possible.
It refers to empowering ourselves with only the most favourable and greatest quality sources. Anything less than that is acceptable but at the same time not ideal nor most advantageous either.
By following this we will always be guaranteed abundant energy and well-being. If we were to neglect it then our vitality would suffer and not be at its peak.
The condition of our bodies is in an everlasting state of flux and constant motion. There are numerous variables that determine what we need at any given time. Therefore, optimal nutrition is never the same in the present as it was in the past nor the future. It differs with each passing moment. Not to the extent of minutes but it definitely changes throughout the day. Our habitual mode of being also influences what we should eat and how much of it.
For instance, physical activity increases our demand for calories but it doesn’t necessarily do so for carbohydrates. Being the only macronutrient we don’t actually need for survival, we can do a lot with no glycogen whatsoever. It’s needed for only very strenuous exertion, such as high intensity interval training, lasting for a longer period of time than normally. The more we move the more we burn but we don’t always tap into our muscle glycogen stores which the body tries to preserve for emergencies, like having to run from a lion.
Additionally, the circadian rhythm (day and night cycles) and time influence certain hormones, such as cortisol, insulin etc., which affect the way we metabolize food. They go up in the morning and gradually begin to drop throughout noon until the evening. This will cause mild stress responses and change some of the functioning within the body. Nutrient timing isn’t detrimental but it’s important nonetheless. For optimal results it’s relevant and we should structure our nutrition according to the sands of time.
The state of our overall health predisposes the way we metabolize food, as in the case of insulin resistance or diabetes we should avoid fidgeting with our blood sugar levels at all. Additionally, if you’re going through certain periods in your life you’re going to need different types of nutrients and in various amounts.
It seems that optimal nutrition can be narrowed down to each passing hour and day. What we did yesterday, what we’re doing right now and what we intend to do tomorrow are all variables that need to be taken into account. Every moment is non-identical and so should be our meals.
To make things easier to comprehend I’ve grasped the whole concept in its objective sense in a single sentence, which goes as follows.
Optimal nutrition means fueling ourselves with the right things, in the right amounts, at the right time.
There is the most efficient way to doing anything and the same thing applies here. This definition is perfect for us to fall back to as it describes exactly what we need to consider at any given moment. It’s universal and can be applied to any other context as well. We just need to decipher it and make it relevant to the situation.
There are a lot of things that go towards what the right things, amounts and times are. It is not a one-size-fits-all solution but depends on the individual. This objective definition about our subjective realities should be the fundamental basis of our optimal nutrition upon which we structure everything else.
To know what the right things are, what are the right amounts and what is the right time for them then check out my book about the topic of optimal nutrition called The Self Empowered Superhuman Diet. It will give you the answers your seek and grant you access to health, performance and increased energy.
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I also have a free e-book about Optimal Nutrition.