I get so excited about nutrition, because the saying that “you are what you eat” is definitely not just a cliché. It bears so much truth, and deserves this month to get that point across to as many people as possible. No matter what you are trying to do, whether it’s lose weight, gain weight, fight disease, prevent disease, etc., what you put into your mouth will govern well over 50% of that outcome! Every facet of your health is affected by what you eat…your immune system, your mood, your energy levels, your skin health, etc. In fact, there's definitely a reason why you may tend to feel “sluggish” after eating a heavy, processed meal (often labeled as being “The Itis”). Our bodies have a difficult time breaking down this type of “food”, and on top of that, there's usually little to no nutritional value gained from that meal.
I applaud those of you who have been making changes to alter your diets for the better! I understand that it’s not easy to pull away from some of your staple meals or food items that may not be the healthiest for you. I also understand how difficult it can be to maintain such healthy changes while living in a society where body image tends to be over emphasized. This dramatization of the human physique makes it even more difficult to avoid the overwhelming amount of diet and weight loss programs out there promising the lightning speed shedding of your extra pounds. That’s why I will continue to take a stand for educating and providing true information on good nutrition!
It can be tricky knowing were to begin your diet adjustments. What should be removed first? What should be incorporated? What do all of these lifestyles people are taking on mean (i.e. vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.)? In an effort to always support you on your wellness journey, I have a few nutrition-related surprises for you that I will be announcing throughout the remainder of March in honor of National Nutrition Month! If you’re on social media, stay tuned for Returning to Nature’s Facebook and Instagram posts of nutrition tips, diet changes you can try, etc. Also, be sure to stay tuned to the website for more wellness blog posts!
Katherine Igah-Phillips, MD, MHA
Returning to Nature, LLC.