A nutritious diet is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The food we eat not only fuels our bodies, it also provides essential nutrients needed to maintain healthy body functions and enable our innate healing abilities.
Good nutrition combined with exercise can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease or illness, and promote your overall health and wellness.
But what does “good nutrition” really mean?
True Health: The Nutrition Factor
The essential nutrients your body needs include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.
While all six are important building blocks of life, anyone looking to improve their nutrition should first start by focusing on the three foundations of a healthy diet: carbs, fats and proteins (known collectively as macronutrients).
“Good nutrition means you’re getting the right amounts of these macronutrients for your body type, activity level, and wellness goals,” says Align’s Dr. Alli Cain. “Too many people are paying attention to the details of nutrition and not focusing on the foundations first.”
The best source of these macronutrients are natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Foods that are overly processed and packed with sugar or other harmful ingredients don’t provide the body with enough of what it needs to perform optimally, which in turn contributes to poor health outcomes.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely give up all the foods you love… even if those include pizza and chocolate cake.
Dr. Cain says good nutrition is about understanding the contents of your food and making smart food choices. Eating the occasional slice of pizza or cake doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy or need to feel guilty.
It’s about making sure your diet is balanced and supplies your body with the proper fuel it needs.
Making Smarter Nutrition Choices with Ideal Protein
Many of our practice members (and even our own practitioners) have gotten amazing results with weight loss and total body transformation with the help of the Ideal Protein program. If you’re trying to develop healthier eating and lifestyle habits it can help you too.
One of the best parts about Ideal Protein is the variety of delicious meal options available as part of the program, meaning you don’t have to give up the foods you love.
Chocolate chip pancakes, cheddar cheese and bacon omelettes, mac n’ cheese, sea salt and vinegar crisps, and double chocolate brownies are just a few of the healthy meals and snacks you can choose from.
Another thing that sets Ideal Protein apart from other diets is that fact that you’ll receive weekly one-on-one support from our Lifestyle Coach Lisa Rawson throughout the program.
Lisa lost over 60lbs herself with the help of Ideal Protein. She understands and can relate to the challenges you will face on your own weight loss journey and will support you every step of the way.
Align Is Here To Help
Each person is unique and there’s no one diet or nutrition plan that is right for everyone. What’s most important is eating a diet appropriate to your individual lifestyle and health goals.
That’s why at Align we provide customized treatment and wellness plans unique to every practice member. Our expert team of chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, and RMTs is the Johns Hopkins University of our industry and we all work together to deliver you the best possible care for your individual needs.
If you’re ready to make a positive change in your health and lifestyle we’re here to help. Give us a call at 905-953-1008 or book a consultation online and let’s get started today.