N is for Nutrition
According to the World Health Organization, “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs.” Other definitions include the concept of nourishing the body, the act of physically feeding the body, or obtaining food necessary for health and growth. All of these definitions share the idea of focusing on the individual’s needs rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Our health is directly related to our nutrition. In order to maintain good health, we must provide our body with the nourishment it needs. Generally, this includes a well-balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Each category of food provides nutrients the others cannot making it both unique and essential.
We encourage a well-balanced diet because balance does not mean perfection. Go ahead and enjoy the foods you love on the occasions you love to enjoy them on. Eat cake on your birthday and celebrate Valentine’s Day with some chocolate. Focus on maximizing the nutrients in your foods on a daily basis to feel your best without any regrets!