What did you really eat?

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Do you really know how you are nourishing your body?

Take, for example, this 24-hour food and beverage recall:

Breakfast:  1 whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, a glass of orange juice, coffee with milk

Morning snack:  banana muffin, coffee with milk

Lunch:  tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread, handful of chocolate-covered raisins, handful of grapes

Afternoon:  2x 500ml water

Snack while making supper: carrot sticks, crackers, cheddar cheese

Supper:  3 oz. baked chicken with marinara sauce, baked potato with butter, glass of chocolate milk

After dinner snack: ½ bag microwave popcorn, 1 can diet cola, 500ml bottle of water

Innocently, this seems quite balanced. There are no skipped meals. No fast foods. No late night indulgences. 

But getting into the details, this day provides less than 55 grams of protein (for our surgical patients, we suggest 60-90g of protein daily), less than 15g fibre (for our surgical patients, we suggest more than 25-30g daily) and has only 1 serving of vegetables. Further, 1 cup of juice or chocolate milk has over 5 tsp of sugar (and we’re not sure about you, but our glasses at home can fill a lot more than 1 cup of food).

Weight management and health is not just about cutting our calories or following a meal plan for a few short weeks of time. Nourishing the body means offering up some balance at each meal: a generous helping of vegetables, lean protein rich foods and energy foods like grains, starches and fruit. And this means every day for the rest of your life. Nourishing the body means getting vulnerable – perhaps start to record your daily intake in a journal – so that you are aware of your role in supporting your health.

Let’s make it a challenge this week to open up the curiosity: how do I really nourish my body in a day? In the words of Dr. Bruce Lipton ‘the moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.’