Nutrition, by definition, contributes to health and/or growth. Unfortunately, a lot of what we eat in modern society does not contribute to either our health or our growth.
We need to be eating healthy, nourishing, nutrient-rich foods if we truly want to be the best version of ourselves. A healthy rule-of-thumb is to stay away from overly processed foods and build your diet around foods with the fewest ingredients. Ideally, we should be eating whole foods.
We need large amounts of carbohydrates for our energy systems.
Healthy sources of carbohydrates include:
- Wholemeal Pasta
- Leafy Greens
- Sweet Potato
We need moderate amounts of protein for the growth and repair of our physical body.
Healthy sources of protein include:
- Whey Protein
- Egg White
We need moderate amounts of fat for energy, bodily insulation, and for the protection of vital organs.
Healthy sources of fat include:
- Eggs (Whole)
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Chia Seeds
- Fatty Fish
- Coconut Oil
- Full-fat Yoghurt
We need lesser amounts of vitamins and minerals (but that does not mean that they are of less importance). We need vitamins and minerals so that our body can utilise the carbs, proteins and fats we have ingested in the most efficient manner.
Healthy sources of vitamins and minerals include:
- Passion fruit