Diet vs Nutrition – is there a difference?
Diet and Nutrition, two words that are often used interchangeably when discussing what we eat.
This blog is not going to tell you what to eat, the number of calories or vitamins to consume but is meant to get you thinking about these two words we use, so often.
As a way of starting the process of differentiating the two, I’ll start by defining both, straight from Merriam – Webster.
Definition of diet
a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed
b : habitual nourishment
c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight- going on a diet
Definition of nutrition
The act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances
So now that you have seen both definitions ask yourself are you following a diet, or are you being nourished?
Many people follow certain diets – low fat, gluten free, low carb, paleo, dairy free, Mediterranean, the list is endless. In many cases these diets are often necessary to support a health concern, we often put a lot of time and energy into the idea of following a certain diet.
So how can we translate this into optimal nutrition – or being nourished?
Here are a few ideas how to ensure your current diet is providing optimal nutrition.
- Choose high quality foods – local and organic where possible.
Check out the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen to stretch your dollars a bit further.
- Bring creativity and relaxation to your food preparation – not only will this allow you to begin to connect to the meal you are preparing, but it will ensure your digestive system is in a relaxed state to optimally extract nutrients from the foods you prepare.
- Eat with gratitude – this can come in the form of a prayer, a quiet moment of rest before diving into your dish, find what fits for you. After all we often forget how truly lucky we are to have the chance to prepare nutritious food each day.
- Enjoy your food with others – family meals are a great way to re-connect, they help to develop a positive relationship with food, especially for little ones.
I hope this blog made you think of the way you and your family approach food. It’s not just about the foods you eat but also the nourishment that is provided to your body.
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