Nutrition 101

Recently I sat in on the Vital Health and Performance podcast with Jordan Briggs, the founder of Vital Health & Performance.

The topic of discussion during the episode - NUTRITION - For myself, my family, my friends and the clients I’ve worked with, they are all aware of my battles over the years with having a well-balanced, well-rounded healthy eating lifestyle.

I’ve documented my eating disorders and regularly point towards them during sessions with clients when they’re facing similar issues to my own.

“For me, it’s about taking responsibility for yourself about what you’re putting in your mouth.”

During the podcast, the discussion centred around anxiety and depression being linked to poor gut health and inflammation in the gut. I was asked if I’ve heard these theories before which I have, not all depressions and anxieties stem from poor gut health, some are extreme cases that go beyond the gut. However, most of the research that has been done in this area is accurate.

My initial tip I share with people who feel a level of anxiety is to take a pause, take a quiet moment and do a bit of “stocktake” on yourself, have a moment of self-analysis and take note of where you’re laying blame and responsibilities on other things or other people. Stop passing the buck and using world famous excuses such as “I don’t have time” or “I work too much.”

We all live busy lives and until people start making themselves a priority and take responsibility it’s not hard to eat good food and make more productive choices with the meals we choose to eat. As we’ve seen through research that eating good quality, healthy and uplifting foods they give the body the capacity to generate not only a more positive mindset & outlook, spikes your energy levels, stimulates your motivation but also reducing inflammation in your gut.

“It’s important to build a foundation, you wouldn’t build a house that doesn’t have a strong foundation, it just wouldn’t hold.”

It’s the same with anything you’re striving for in life, slow and steady, piece by piece, brick by brick, layer by layer. You want to learn how to sustain your health and wellbeing, you want to build a rock solid foundation so that setbacks such as injuries from training, illness from the ever-changing Melbourne weather, stresses from work or relationships don’t cause you to come tumbling down. You don’t need to go hard, there’s this thing in society today GO HARD OR GO HOME. That’s not reality, it’s not sustainable.

One of the most fabled stories that’s handed down through the generations is the one about the tortoise and the one about the hare. We all know it. The speedy hare, confident as ever wants to race the tortoise, but what do you know - slow and steady wins the race. In the upsets of all upsets, the tortoise wins because the hare decides he needs a rest & sleep before the finish line. All the while coated in arrogance that the tortoise is too far back and the hare himself is in total control of this race. Do you feel like you’re in total control of your own race yet you still don’t feel like you’re winning?

“With anything in life, no matter what you do - work, play, relationships, food everything in moderation.”

It’s important to take responsibility and to look at what you’re doing, to look at what you’re putting in your mouth, to look at where you’re spending your time and I can guarantee you from experience, when you look at those things, you take charge and make informed decisions you begin to work out what’s best for you, it helps eliminate a lot of your stress and health issues.

Patience is key. Social media has given us this distorted view of how we see the world, how we see others and how we see ourselves. There’s a chance for everybody to learn what they need to learn, go slow and then you’ll find you can go the distance.

The past can be our greatest teacher if we let ourselves look back on what we’ve done in our lives up to this point. Albert Einstein is broadly credited by saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.” Only when we look back on our journey can we see certain patterns and regular areas where we as humans let ourselves down, and only through charting backwards can we discover where we can allow ourselves to make changes going forward.

Lisa Pignataro