As I've continued my journey in nutrition and optimal wellness, something has become more and more obvious. One of the most important things to do is make food a priority. Back when food was scarce, there were no concerns as important as where the food was coming from that day. Entire cultures and civilizations were focused around the one thing more important than any other: nutrition. As a matter of fact, exercise was not necessary due to all of the activity required to hunt and gather a family’s meal.
Nowadays, in our fast-paced lives, we can spend a day consuming 4,000 calories without a thought. We are surrounded by it, the pantry packed with highly processed and refined foods created in a factory, restaurants that use these products and meals tailored to be consumed in our cars after driving past a window. Not giving adequate time, attention or priority to the food we put in our bodies is a detriment to our health. As you begin to focus on the food you eat, where it came from, how it was produced, you begin to think about the choices you make. Making food a high priority helps you focus on shopping for more nutritious food and invest time in cutting and peeling your foods during preparation.
- Plan out your food for the week. When you finally get to relax on Sunday evenings, think about the 15 meals you are going to eat that week. Focus on ways to increase the amount of plants you consume (fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts). If you need to pack meals, do it the night before and don’t allow yourself the excuse of not having time.
- Think about the food you eat and where it comes from. Try to surround yourself with the foods that are closest to their natural state.
- Separate from the day. Sit down at a table alone, or with close friends or family, and spend a couple minutes reflecting on where your food came from, take a couple deep breaths and enjoy. Avoid eating while driving, working or with company you don't enjoy.
- Make a priority list for your life. Is health and wellness on there? If so, you’ll need to invest in better quality and more natural foods. If it ranked higher than a life spent watching movies in high definition and being able to access the Internet at lightning speed, you may need to rethink your monthly budget and how much of your money goes towards things that really matter.