In the past four posts, my focus has been on motivation. In this post, I am going to talk about another important topic: diet. Personally, I dislike the word diet, as it is often perceived with a negative connotation. Everyone has a diet. To explain further, the word diet is defined as the kinds of food a person, animal, or community habitually eats. Essentially, you can eat fast food every day, and this is considered your diet. Today, I want you to change the word that you use. I want you to replace the word “diet” with the word “nutrition”.
Nutrition is defined as the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for your health and growth. Additionally, nutrition is a key component of your fitness goals. Unfortunately, most people focus on what diet they are on (ex. Atkins, South Beach, etc.). These diets work, and they have worked for many individuals. However, nutrition is much more important than the type of diet you are on. When you focus on nutrition, you also concentrate on the quality of food you consume.
If you are looking to become healthy and fit, the quality of food you eat is very important. There are a variety of places to obtain food, but it is becoming more difficult to find places that focus on quality. Since summer is in mid-swing, I try to get fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets. In particular, Ithaca’s Farmer’s Market is amazing! I am not affiliated with this farmer’s market and I do not earn anything from mentioning them. However, I am impressed with what, and how much, they have to offer. Should you find yourself with some downtime, I recommend looking for a local farmer’s market in which you can purchase locally grown, high quality, organic fruits and vegetables. For your overall health, focus on nutrition to get the best results.